Kids Kitchen Water Xylophone Science Experiment

We’re interrupting our usual schedule of kids’ activities, parenting inspiration, and family-friendly food to bring you 31 days of Kids Kitchen Recipes and Activities.

Today, Christy from Thriving Stem is sharing her Chicken Bone Science exploration with her kids, so I thought I’d share a recent Water Xylophone activity that Miss G and I enjoyed, which blended music education and science experimentation in a fun and colourful way!

Kids Kitchen Science: Water Xylophone experiment - mixing water and science for a colourful sensory activity for kids!

To start off with, we assembled our materials:

Pouring out water for our kids kitchen science experiment

Miss G used the measuring cup to portion out varying amounts of water into each jar. We tried our best to ensure that each jar had slightly less water than the jar previous to it. This took a lot of evaluating and adjusting to get things exactly right.

Using our knowledge of colour mixing to create a water xylophone sensory activity for kids

Next, we remembered the order of the rainbow and our colouring mixing experiments to add drops of dye to the water to create a rainbow set of jars.

We could have stirred the dye to help it set faster, but we sat and enjoyed watching the dye slowly spread throughout each jar and change the entire water contents of each. This is a great opportunity to talk about pollution or how contamination occurs.

Playing with our water xylophone - a great way to mix music, science, and sensory activities for kids!

Next, I encouraged Miss G to use her striker and play her “water xylophone” and she was pleasantly surprised to hear how each colour had it’s own distinct sound. She experimented quite a bit to see if the tones would stay consistent before putting forth some great hypotheses.

Free Printable on the Scientific Method for kids - all of the steps outlined so parents and kids can easily understand how to conduct a science experiment for kids!

Here is a free printable of the scientific process for you to use when designing and leading science experiments with kids. The process is simpler than it may seem – simply observing what they are seeing and using those observations to “guess” why something might be occurring is half of the process!

Colour mixing our water xylophone - a great way to blend music, science, and sensory activities for kids!

Of course, once we were done playing the water xylophone, Miss G decided to mix the coloured water together and see how that effected both the colour and the tone of each jar.

I know some people might have a hard time with a child “ruining” the xylophone, but I try to keep the perspective that the whole point is experimenting and being engaged. If she had started mixing the colours before we got around to the xylophone experiment, I would have reminded her why we were setting up the xylophone and said “when you’re done with mixing, you can help me set up a new xylophone.” As long as she wasn’t being destructive (breaking the glass jars, etc) I would be completely fine with steering off course for a bit.

(That’s something I learned awhile ago during our gravity experiment!)

Kids Kitchen Science: Water Xylophone experiment - mixing water and science for a colourful sensory activity for kids!

In addition to linking up with Christy’s Kids Kitchen Chicken Science post, there are some wonderful Montessori bloggers sharing their Montessori Music posts today — be sure to check them out too, as part of our 12 Months of Montessori Learning:

Natural Beach Living ~ The Natural Homeschool ~ Living Montessori Now ~ Planting Peas

The Kavanaugh Report ~ Mama’s Happy Hive ~ Sugar, Spice and Glitter ~ Child Led Life

Every Star Is Different ~ Grace and Green Pastures ~ The Pinay Homeschooler

Check out the rest of our 31 Days of Kids Kitchen Series here.

31 days of kids kitchen activities - everything from kid-friendly recipes to kitchen science experiments, this series has it all!


And, if you’d like to receive our posts via e-mail, you can subscribe to our daily or weekly newsletters:

Share Button
  1. I’ve gotta say you did a fantastic job of incorporating Montessori, music, and the kitchen all in one post. It’s quite impressive! I love that you also included the scientific method! Way to go!

  2. I love your scientific slant to this music activity. I’m guilty of often forgetting to ask “thinking-type” questions and your printable is an awesome way to remember what to ask! Thanks!

  3. I love the way you incorporated the scientific method into your activity. I also appreciate how you addressed a child potentially “ruining” the xylophone. It’s a great reminder that how we approach the activity can be just as important as the activity itself.

  4. What a wonderful idea! She can learn a lot about colours and music in just one activity. I’m sure she loved building and playing with this xylophone 🙂

  5. I just did something very similar to this yesterday! We read the book “Froggy Plays in the Band” and did a quick lesson on making a joyful noise. We made homemade instruments and the xylophone was one of his favorites. I really like how you incorporated the scientific process. What a great moment of purposeful play! I will definitely try to be more intentional about incorporating that vocabulary into our Mommy School activities. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Follow Mommy & Her Men on BlogLovin’

  6. My kids will love making this water xylophone! I love how you added a science dimension to this activity. Thanks for sharing at #ToddlerFunFriday!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>