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Can You Kazoo?

Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Sound, resonance
Girl talking in a kazoo to made as described in this science activity,

Introduction

Do you remember your last parade, party, or fair? You might have been surrounded by sounds of all kinds: fireworks, music, and, maybe even the famous (or infamous) sound of kazoos. A kazoo is a very simple musical instrument, made up of a hollow pipe with a hole in it. They may be simple, but these little noisemakers are a great way to explore sound. In this activity you'll be investigating how kazoos work by building your own!

Credits

Megan Arnett, PhD, Science Buddies
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
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Materials

  • Empty cardboard tube, such as an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube
  • Plastic grocery bag
  • Aluminum foil (a square sheet, approximately four-by-four inches)
  • Paper towel sheet (a square sheet, approximately four-by-four inches)
  • Rubber band
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Scissors
  • An adult to help
  • Optional: Materials to decorate your kazoo (markers, wrapping paper, craft embellishments)
    Materials needed to build the kazoo as explained in this science activity

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Active Time
10-20 minutes
Total Project Time
10-20 minutes
Key Concepts
Sound, resonance