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illustrations of mason jars in a variety of colors including green, yellow, orange, pink, and blue Singing Water Jars

This activity is pulled from our Virtual ExCEL Camps happening summer of 2020! While these activities are written to fit into the larger lesson plan of the camp themes, you can complete them with your little one at any time. Learn more about our Virtual ExCEL Summer Camp here!

Did you enjoy listening to different music and making your own instrument? Try a simple music water jar activity.

Appropriate Age Range: Any

Materials Needed:

  • glass jars or cups
  • water
  • spoon
  • Measuring cups (optional)


Try looking these words up if your child is unfamiliar with them: Loud, quiet, louder quieter


Make sure all your jars are the same size!

Fill each jar with a different volume of water. You can use measuring cups of varying sizes to pour the different amounts of water in. If you’d like to use food coloring to distinguish the jars, feel free!

Use a metal spoon to tap each of the jars.

How did the jars sound different? What happens if you change the kind of jar? The kind of spoon? The volume of water? Can you tap the jars to make the different sounds create a pattern?




Andrea Amestoy, Registered Nurse/Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired outreach and Certified Orientation and Mobility Instructor at Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind

Jessica Chamblin, Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired. I have worked in the field of Deafblindness for five years in a variety of roles including Interpreter, PCA, Intervener and TBVI. I work for Intermediate School District 917 in Rosemount, Minnesota. I have completed the Intervener training series provided by the Minnesota Deafblind Project and currently serve on the Deafblind Community of Practice for the State of Minnesota.

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