Strike up the band! It’s time to learn some of the basic principles of … science?
Sure, you know that when you pick up a chemistry lab off the shelf, your kids are going to be learning about science. The reason kits like the DIY Music Maker Science Lab from hand2mind are so great is that they expand the definition of science — and remind kids that science is all around us, in everything we do.
This kit guides kids through different activities to build their very own musical instruments, whether it’s a guitar, an ocean drum, or a pan flute. The instruments themselves are easy to assemble, so the building part isn’t too time-consuming. However, while they build, kids will still get a lesson on how and why instruments are constructed the way they are, so although it’s not a lengthy process, it’s still an educational one.
Everything that kids need to build each of the instruments is included in the kit and all of the pieces are easy to assemble. The frustration-free assembly process will keep kids engaged and encourage them to keep learning.
But it’s so much more than just simply building the instruments. Once kids construct an instrument, they are then encouraged to perform different experiments with them to see how those changes affect the sound. They can hear in real time how it makes a difference, then the guide explains to them why the sound changes. Gone are the days where you simply learn to play the flute in a band — now, you’ll know how it works!
This kit takes the science of sound beyond the STEM realm and weaves in the arts. It teaches kids that STEM concepts don’t have to be stuffy and boring — they are full of creativity and expression, as well. By adding in this slightly different play pattern than a typical “science” kit, the DIY Music Maker Science Lab shows kids that they can apply science-based skills to any of their interests.
With all the fun that’s packed into the DIY Music Maker Science Lab, “it’s time to learn” will certainly be music to kids’ ears.