Materials: empty tissue boxes, rubber bands of different widths, copies of the skill sheet Optional: paper, glue, markers, and/or stickers to cover and decorate the tissue boxes
Overview: Children will learn about sound and vibrations firsthand when they stretch rubber bands across the openings of tissue boxes, pluck their “guitars,” and observe.
- Before the lesson, ask children to bring in empty tissue boxes. Several children can work on one “guitar.” Alternatively, children can do this at home.
- If you’re planning to have children decorate the tissue boxes, do that first. They can cover the boxes with paper or just add stickers!
- Give each child or group an assortment of rubber bands of different widths. Kids can stretch the rubber bands across the hole in the tissue box.
- Pluck a thin rubber band. What does that sound like?
- Pluck a thick one. Does that sound different?
- Pluck a rubber band and touch it. Do you feel the vibration?