Chiming fork science experiment

Chiming fork science experiment

Science for kids is always fun and the chiming fork brings sound science experiments to a new level. Kids enjoy science and sounds, so combine the two in this fun activity and see if they can record what happens without you letting them know what will happen.

What you need:

  • fork
  • piece of thread
  • table

Number of players:


Step 1. Cut a piece of thread that is about as long as your arm.

Step 2. Tie the middle of the thread to the bottom end of the fork.

Step 3. Wind the ends of the thread around your index fingers.

Step 4. Using your fingers, swing the fork so that it knocks against the edge of the table. Notice the sound you hear.

Step 5. Now touch the flaps just in front of your ear holes with your index fingers and repeat Step 3.

What did you notice?

The sound of the clunk should sound different. Why? Because when your fingers near your ears, you bring the thread closer to your sounds sensors which allows you to hear the vibrations much more clearly.

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