How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids


Glass Jar Music Activity
Your glass jars will sing beautiful notes.
Your glass jars will sing beautiful notes.
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Try this glass jar music activity and see how water can help make music.

What You'll Need:

  • Six to eight different-size glass jars with lids
  • Water
  • Metal fork

Step 1: Gather together six to eight different-size glass jars with lids.

Step 2: Fill each jar half full of cool water, and tightly close the lids. Use a metal fork to gently strike the jars.

Can you hear the music ring? Do all the jars sound the same? Does the music change when you strike the top, middle, or bottom of the jar?

Step 3: Pour out half the water in each jar, and repeat the experiment. How have the tones changed?

Step 4: Once you're familiar with what note each of your jars will play when softly hit, you can try to play your favorite tunes.

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