Musical Drinking Straws
It will be music to your ears: simple drinking straws creating sounds at different pitches.

What You Need:

  • Straight drinking straws

What to do:

  • Press the end of a plastic drinking straw flat and cut two triangular shapes off each side to make a pointy end.
  • Flatten this end some more, then seal your lips around the point, and blow. You will hear a squawky whistle, and the whole straw will vibrate. It's a bit tricky at first, so don't rush or blow too hard.
Once you have mastered the simple whistle, you can try these variations.
  1. As you are blowing, use scissors to progressively cut the end shorter and shorter, and listen to the change in the pitch of the sound.
  2. Cut tiny holes into one side to make a straw recorder. Place your fingers over different holes to create different notes.
  3. Insert another straw in
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