The paper whistle is a fun craft to make with the kids, and it’s also a great way to teach them about sound and air pressure. The project is easy enough for anyone who loves crafts or just wants something fun to do!
This article will show you how to create your own paper whistle so that you can start having some family fun. But before we get started, let’s talk about what makes this such an interesting project in the first place.
A paper whistle is made by blowing into one end of a piece of rolled up paper until it vibrates at its resonant frequency, which produces sound waves that are amplified by the container shape of the tube. This means that when you blow on one end, the air vibrates within the tube which causes the other end to vibrate as well. The scientist who discovered this phenomenon was Alexander Graham Bell, and it’s called the “Graham Bell Effect.”
The first step to making this whistle is by rolling up a piece of paper into a tube that has one closed end. Then you carefully stretch the other end open until it vibrates when you blow on it. If you hold the end shut while you blow, your whistle will have two tones because each side vibrates at its own independent frequency.
You can experiment by covering one or both of the ends with your finger to change which part of the tube produces sound waves. Also, you can alter the pitch by using a different piece of paper that is wider or thinner.
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Once you get used to how it works, try having your children make their own whistles and seeing if they can come up with any other ways to alter the pitch. It also helps teach kids about how sound waves work and why we hear noises in certain places.
And that’s how you make a paper whistle! Now that you know what to do, let’s get started with the instructions.
To begin with, you will need:
-A sheet of paper (8 1/2 by 11 inches)
When you’ve gathered your materials, fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise. Then you can cut along the fold to create two equal strips, making sure that the grain of the paper matches up when you unfold it. You will have four equal pieces once you do this.
Next, take one strip of paper and carefully roll it into a tube with one end open. Use the straw to puff air into the tube and then pinch shut the end with your fingers without popping it or adding any bends.
Now that you’ve made one whistle, you can make several more by cutting out new paper strips and trying again. Try experimenting with different types of paper and stretching them until they vibrate. You’ll be on your way to having fun with your whistle in no time!
If you are more of a visual learner, I have added a helpful video on how to make a fun paper whistle.
And that’s it. Now you know how to make a paper whistle, which is simple enough for anyone to try.