Vibrations and waves

Early years

  • Make instruments from junk (cardboard, plastic cups, rice, peas). Talk about the volume of each instrument.
  • Talk about the sounds of the items you have in your kitchen, bathroom etc.
  • Walk around your local area and listen for as many sounds as possible.


What material will make the loudest instrument or the quietest?

  • Discuss how different species of animals communicate. Is there a common feature? Is it all different? How do you know they are communicating?

Secondary/senior phase

  • When visiting the optician, discuss how different lenses are used to benefit sight. 

(Taken from Parentzone, Education Scotland)