The Ladybug group has been interested in making music and sounds with a lot of materials around the room, and even outside. I thought it would be a neat idea to have a music jar science experiment with them.
I put out some jars on the table, along with a jug full of water so the children could decide how much water to put in each. Some children wanted the jars full, others wanted half, or a quarter, etc. Each jar had a different amount of water inside.
To make this a little more exciting, I asked the children if they would like to fill the jars with food coloring and they were thrilled with that idea. I brought out the colours red and blue to add to the water. One child wanted the color purple, so I asked them to think about what colours they could mix together to make purple, and the child answered with a smile "blue and red!". When I put the colors together to make the color purple, they saw the colors changes and were very amazed.
I gave the children some loose parts such as paintbrushes, plastic spoons and popsicle sticks to bang on the jars to be drumsticks.
As the children started to bang their loose parts on the jars, they seemed very surprised with the sound that it made. They used all the different loose parts and changed the positioning of the jars around since they were big and small, to see what unique sounds that they could make. The children used the caps to cover the jars with to see if there were any different sounds, but they were more interested with the sound when they covered the jars.
One child would try out the jars and started to hum with the sound of the jars and was making their own band.
The Ladybug group had fun with this experiment and they truly love music and sounds! I want to see what other music and sounds they will discover.