Turn on your favorite tunes and make colorful sprinkles dance! Explore sound and vibrations when you try this fun dancing sprinkles experiment with the kids. We are always on the hunt for simple science experiments and this one is just super fun and easy!
EASY SOUND WAVES ACTIVITY FOR KIDS
SOUND AND VIBRATIONS
First, what is sound? Sound is a vibration that travels as a wave, through a medium such as a gas, liquid or solid. As the particles vibrate, they move nearby particles, moving the sound further away.
Can you make the sprinkles dance through using sound and vibrations? When you play music loudly enough and at the right pitch, it generates sound waves. Those sound waves will make the plastic wrap vibrate.
Depending on the size and shape of the container you use for this sounds waves activity, you may have to adjust the volume and placement of the speaker to get the sprinkles to dance.
If the pitch of the music is too high or too low, the sprinkles may not move at all. If the pitch is “just right,” you will find they may bounce around like crazy or even fall off the plastic.
Sounds are higher or lower in pitch depending on how much the sound waves vibrate. Low pitch sounds have slower vibrations and high pitched sounds have much faster vibrations. The way an object responds to sounds of different pitches is called its frequency response.
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Can you make your sprinkles dance? Also make sure to try our dancing raisins experiment!
- Plastic wrap
- Rubber band
STEP 1: Cover a bowl with plastic wrap and pull tight.
STEP 2: Wrap a rubber band around the bowl.
STEP 3: Place a handful of sprinkles on top of the plastic wrap.
STEP 4: Place a speaker next to your bowl, touching the edge. A phone speaker works as well. Turn the volume up loud.
TIP: If possible, place your speaker or phone inside your bowl, under the plastic wrap for a more dramatic effect!
STEP 5: Play music through your speaker and watch your sprinkles! Can you make them dance?
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