Tuesday, February 19, 2013

X - Learning the Alphabet - Xylophone paper craft and water xylophone activity, science lesson on sound and music


Cut out paper strips in varying colors and some smaller strips in black

(Have child help you cut if they are able to make clean lines, mine is not quite there yet!)

He did help me glue on the paper strips to the paper and lay the mallets into an X

We then did a "water xylophone" activity where I filled 4 small glass bowls with differing amounts of water, adding food coloring to each, similar to this http://playathomemom3.blogspot.com/2011/06/water-xylophone.html

He used wood chopsticks to hit the different bowls to listen to the different sounds they made, which was higher, lower etc. and then just went crazy playing his own songs

Then we watched Bill Nye's episode on Music & Sound (I can't find the full show online but the show ended with this song and was a favorite of my son's)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvJHDejD3mo

We didn't have much time before leaving for preschool so he just played his drums after the show and we briefly talked about the different parts of the ear and how sound waves work.

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