STREAM Activity: Tinker a Pan Flute
Design your very own pan flute!
Activity best for children ages 4 and up
At the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, we love both science and art! One of the best examples that combines both of these subjects is music. The sound that an instrument makes depends on many things like its shape, size, and how it is played. Today we are going to explore the science of sound by making our very own pan flute!
Double sided tape
Markers or crayons
How many instruments can you name?
What is your favorite instrument to listen to?
What is your favorite song?
What instrument would you like to learn to play?
Start by gathering your materials!
Use your ruler to measure your straws to cut them to the following length:
6 inches, 5.5 inches, 5 inches, 4 inches, and 3 inches.
*You may need a grown-ups help for this part!
Using your ruler again, measure two strips of card stock – 7 inches by 1.5 inches. Cut these strips out and design them however you would like! These will be the outer strips holding together your pan flute.
Apply a piece of double-sided tape to both of your card stock strips. From left to right on one strip, attach your straws from longest to shortest. There should be about 3/4 inch of straw hanging over the bottom edge.
Place the second piece of card stock on top of your straws, lining it up with your first piece. You are now ready to play your pan flute! What do you notice about the different sounds each straw makes?
Grown Ups-Are you looking for more ways to extend your child’s learning? Check out these extension activities to build upon today’s STREAM activity!
So Many Sounds by Tim McCanna
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
Wild Symphony by Dan Brown
Real World Connections
Listening to music has many benefits to developing minds. It can help with identifying emotions, memory function, and connecting to our bodies! Music is also highly mathematical and can help kids learn through rhythm, beats, scales, and pattern recognition. In Escondido, there are many opportunities to hear lives music, whether it be a children’s music class, a local restaurant, or even at the California Center for the Arts (right down the street from the Museum!).