Clucking Chicken In A Cup Sound Science Experiment
In this fun and easy sound science experiment, we’re going to create a clucking chicken cup. This is a classic sound experimentation activity that kids love. The clucking sound created by the chicken in the cup is surprisingly similar to that made by a coop full of chickens. This easy sound experiment really excites and entertains young children while conveying concepts like vibrations and amplification.
- A length yarn or cotton string
- Paper towel
- Plastic drinking cup
- Paper clip
- Trim a little bit of yarn about 18 to 24 inches.
- With adult supervision, use the nail to gently poke a hole in the center of the bottom of the cup.
- Use a knot and tie one end from the piece of yarn to the center of the paper clip.
- Push the opposite end from the yarn through the hole in the bottom of the cup and pull it through.
- Obtain a piece of paper towel around the dimensions of a dollar bill, then fold it once and get it moist with the water.
- At this point it is time for you to create some noise. Keep the cup securely in one hand, and wrap the damp paper towel around the string close to the cup. During the time you squeeze the string with the damp paper towel, pull down in short jerks to ensure the paper towel snugly slides down the string. If the demonstration works, you should hear a chicken sound!
How it Works:
The friction of the wet paper towel sliding down the string creates vibrations. The sound of these vibrations would be almost undetectable if it were not for the cup. The cup acts as an amplifier and increases the volume of the sound.
Make This A Science Project:
Use different sized containers to replace the cup. Used containers made of different materials. Use thicker string. Try replacing the string with wax covered dental floss.