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Slide Whistle

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Slide Whistle

In this activity, learners build a slide whistle using PVC pipe, bamboo skewer, and piece of foam. Construction of the instrument is relatively simple. Learners will experiment making sounds and varying the pitch (frequency). Use this activity to help learners explore sound, instruments, vibration, and frequency. Adult supervision recommended. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 8-10 in. PVC, 1/2 in. diameter
  • 1 Bamboo skewer
  • Piece of foam
  • Glue gun (with glue)
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors or clippers


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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