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Musical Jars

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Activities, Experiments | 0 comments

clock-icon 10-15 Minutes


Play musical jars with your friend and help them learn about the different music notes. This is a fun and educational way to learn about how the different water levels affect the notes.


Supplies you will need:

  • Glass Jars
  • Spoons
  • Food Coloring (optional)



  1. Fill the glass jars with varying levels of water. Example: Jar #1 can be full to the top, Jar #2 can be ¾ full, Jar #3 can be ½ full, and Jar #4 can be only ¼ full.

  2. You might want to add a drop of food coloring to each jar so the different levels are more obvious and just because it’s more fun!

  3. Give a spoon to your friend and ask them to gently tap each jar. Point out the different sounds each bottle makes because of the different levels of water.

  4. Then, arrange the jars in order from the lowest water level to the highest, so they can hear the notes go higher and lower.

  5. If you’re both up for a challenge, you can take turns closing your eyes and guessing which jar is being tapped based on the sound being made. The food coloring will help with this you can differentiate between the jars when guessing.Example: “That was the blue jar.”


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