Super Sounding Drum

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In this activity, learners construct drums out of everyday containers (like bowls or food containers) and shrink wrap. Learners use a hair dryer to affix and tighten the shrink wrap to the container. Learners can experiment with varying shapes and sizes of containers to make different sounds. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • containers of different sizes
  • shrink wrap (used to insulate windows) or plastic wrap
  • double-sided tape (if you use plastic wrap)
  • hair dryer
  • masking tape
  • large spoon


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Music


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


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, 2002

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • PBS