Use this jingle bell activity as a simple science project to explore sound with young kids. Kids can make three jingle bell sticks and record observations on the free printable recording sheet.
Actually, you don’t have to wait for Christmas, this activity will be fun any time of year.
Your kids can explore sound when they create jingle bell sticks. Making jingle bell sticks is a fun, quick craft that can also be used for an easy science project at Christmas time or any time of the year.
Jingle Bell Stick Project Supplies
For this jingle bell activity, I used the following supplies:
- jingle bells in 3 sizes
- craft sticks
- pipe cleaners/chenille stems
- jingle bell recording sheet
Making a Jingle Bell Stick
To begin, we strung a chenille stem through a bell. Then, we wrapped the stem around the end of a large craft stick. Young kids may need some assistance to wrap the stem tightly around the stick. Kids should make three jingle bell sticks with three different-sized bells.
Testing the Bells
After making jingle bell sticks, kids can test them. Encourage them to ring each of their three bells. Which is the loudest? Which is the quietest? Why one is louder or quieter than the others? What do you notice about the loudest bell? What do you notice about the softest bell? Kids can record their answers on the bell recording sheet.
Get the Free Printable Jingle Bell Recording Sheet
To get your free copy of the recording sheet, click on the link below:
Additional Jingle Bell Activity Ideas
You can make a graph showing everyone’s favorite bell. In addition to using the jingle bell sticks as a craft and science project, you can use them during circle time. Ask your kids to whisper/sing Jingle Bells as they shake the small jingle bell stick. Ask them to sing a bit louder as they sing with the middle bell, and then louder with the large bell. Finally, they can sing very loud as they shake all three of their jingle bell sticks.
If you find that your kids are really excited about bells, here are a few ideas to extend the concept/theme:
- Place different bells or combinations of bells in small gift boxes. Be sure to have a matching pair of boxes for each bell or combination. Tape the boxes shut. Ask kids to shake the boxes and find the matching pairs.
- Provide kids with a tinker tray filled with a variety of materials and encourage them to make a bell.
I hope that you and your kids enjoy this simple science project. If you use jingle bells in your classroom. I would love to hear how you use them. Tell me about it in the comments below.
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