Monday, October 24, 2016

More Quick and Easy Halloween Science for Kids Anyone Can Do

While getting ready for the week leading up to Halloween I went back into the archives!

Here is an amazingly simple science experiment for kids of all ages. When I was doing in-school events I used this in our Halloween events and our Five Senses class.  The kids LOVE this. I can still hear the giggles.

Without any further ado ... let me present ... Screaming Cups.

Gather your supplies
  • Plastic cups at least 5 ounces. (16 ounce we have found works the best) -- different size cups are going to produce different pitches.
  • Yarn
  • Sharp needle (or something to poke a hole)
  • Paper Clip
  • Tape
How to create a Screaming Cup:
  • Thread the needle with the yarn.
  • Poke the needle through the bottom of the cup.
  • Tie a paper clip to the yarn that will be inside the cup.  This prevents little fingers from pulling the yarn back through the cup while screaming!
  • Pull the yarn until the paper clip is on the bottom of the cup.  Tape in place (inside the bottom of the cup).  
Time to make some noise!
  • Wet the yarn.
  • Pinch it at the base of the cup and pull down. 
  • The 'brace-for-the-unknown' face optional!

You will find:
  1. Most of the kids are going to LOVE this. 
  2. Different pulling styles are going to produce different sounds.
  3. Different cups are going to product different sounds and pitches.

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