Materials: Paper, Coloring Tools, String or Rubber Bands, Home Building Materials (boxes, empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls, whatever you can find to build with!)
Here's a great book to get you thinking about how you perceive sound!
Ask your child, can you use materials found around your home to create a playable musical instrument with a hollow body and strings?
This challenge will have to be done in a few parts. First, students will brainstorm a design for their musical instrument. Through this process, they will learn that their instrument will have a large hollow body with strings stretched across it. During the planning process, encourage students to try out instrument bodies with 2 different volumes. To do this, students will have to estimate the volume of at least 2 different containers. Click here if you're unsure of how to find the volume of a rectangular prism. Students should consider how each volume changes the sound of their instrument and evaluate which is best. After considering the different sounds, students will create their instrument with their favorite container. Are there any other ways they could improve their instruments? See the ideas in the photos below if you're stuck!