D.I.Y. Science – Musical Bottles

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The D.I.Y. Science series contains some of our favourite experiments for kids to try at home. They are designed to help school teachers and carers inspire a child’s curiosity in science. It’s time to get hands-on.

In this episode, we learn how to make a musical instrument using some basic items from around the house or classroom.

This resource is suited to Physics students in Year 1 who are learning about sound. It provides a fun demonstration about how sound is made, and how we can use this knowledge to make musical instruments and different musical notes.

D.I.Y Science: Musical Bottles

Play your way to the top of the charts by making your own musical bottles.

Video Length: 2:00 mins

With thanks to Questacon.

Ever wanted to play amazing music on stage or find your own unique sound? Find out by trying the activity in this short video.


What you’ll need:

6 x identical glass bottles
Food colouring
1 x funnel
1 x jug of tap water
1 x pen

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Years: 1


Physical Sciences – Energy

Additional: Careers; Technology; Engineering

Concepts (South Australia):

Physical Sciences – Energy