User login

Designer Ears: Make “better” ears!

Source Institutions

    The Exploratorium

Add to listGo to activity
Designer Ears: Make “better” ears!

Find out what it would be like to have ears shaped differently from your own! Design and make different animal ears then try them out. Produced by the Exploratorium, this activity uses simple, off the shelf craft supplies.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stapler and staples
  • A variety of construction materials including (but not limited to) construction paper, cardboard, plastic pieces, or Styrofoam, plastic containers and trays (clean yogurt cups and meat trays, for starters), craft sticks, and so on
  • Pictures of animals’ ears


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access




User Lists

This resource is part of these lists: