Explore the contents of your household recycling bin to find supplies for making creative play instruments. You can build a set of drums by lining up different sized plastic tubs, and hitting them with a wooden spoon. Or assemble a shaker instrument by filling a container with bottle tops and placing a lid on top. You can even create a pan flute, which is a wind instrument that has existed since ancient times. Its simple construction entails joining together a series of hollow tubes. Make a play pan flute out of empty toilet paper rolls.
Items you will need
- Four empty toilet paper rolls
- Four rubber bands
- Plastic wrap
- Packaging tape
Set one empty toilet paper roll aside.
Cut 1/2-inch off of one of the three remaining empty toilet paper rolls. Cut 1-inch off of the second roll and 1 1/2-inches off of the third roll.
Gather all four toilet paper rolls. Cover the end of each roll with a piece of plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band around the end of the roll.
Stand each roll vertically on end covered in plastic wrap. Arrange the rolls in progression from shortest to longest.
Wrap packaging tape around center of the whole line of tubes to join them together. Wrap tape around the tubes twice.
Write the letter D on top of the longest tube just above the tape. Write C, B, and A on each of the other tubes, in order. The letters represent the notes on a real pan flute.
Tips & Warnings
- Hold the pan flute correctly. Position the tubes so that air blows across them instead of directly into them.
- The sound coming from the longest toilet paper roll is different from the sound coming from the shortest one.
- A toilet paper roll pan flute will not produce the same sound as a real pan flute made out of wood or rigid plastic.
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