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Water Chimes

Kids can make their own music with water chimes for this activity. These music chimes sound great and the children can use the leftovers to water the plants when the concert is over.

If you or your children are interested in sound waves and how they make music, check out our childrens science page on sound.

 

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Water Chimes

Materials

8 glasses
teaspoons
water

Directions

  • Line up eight glasses of about the same size and shape.
  • Fill the first glass about 1/8th full of water for the high note, the second glass should be 1/4 full, the third glass should be 3/8ths full for the next note, and so on.
  • Each glass should sound like a note on the music scale (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, do). You may need to tune your music scale (add or remove water with teaspoon) until each note rings true.
  • Have the children use a metal teaspoon to gently tap out the scale and any other melodies they know (Mary had a Little lamb, Twinkle Twinkle).
Hints for Water Chimes
  • Don't use expensive crystal glasses to make water chimes.
  • Add a bit a food coloring to help children identify which glass is which sound.
  • Changing the amount of water will change the musical note. The amount of water in the glass changes the pitch of the sound wave. 

Can you use the notes to play a simple tune? 

 

Find out more about the science of sound.

 

 

 

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