Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Math and Music - Making Drinking Straw Pan Flutes
We watched Disney's Donald in Mathmagic Land, on a recommendation from Joyful Learner.
And, I was thrilled to find a free, printable, teacher's guide for it, here. Which, suggests a number of fun, follow-up activities, including making a pan flute, out of straws.
We started by cutting straws to different lengths. We used 6 inch straws, and cut an additional quarter inch off, each time.
Then, we tested the sound, by blowing gently across the top of the pieces.
Finally, we taped the straws together, side by side, from longest to shortest.
The children LOVED making...
...and playing, their pan flutes.
Then, I showed them a YouTube video of an actual pan flute being played.
Needless to say, the "real thing" has moved to the top of their birthday present wish-lists.
It's great to be a homeschooler.