Play music on your own palm! Just pound your chosen pipe into the center of your hand to create an amazing tone! Eight pipes, each with a different color and length, play eight different notes (C,D,E, F,G,A,B,C). You're on your way to forming a palm pipe band! Recommended for children ages 4 and up.
- 8 color-coded Palm Pipes
- Science activity guide
How does it work?
When you pound the colored Palm Pipe into the palm of your hand, it disturbs the air molecules inside the tube. The action of these molecules creates the vibration that becomes the note you hear.
What does it teach?
Learn how to create vibrations that you hear as music. Discover that the different lengths of pipe create different lengths of sound waves, which in turn create eight different notes.
Are these appropriate for early childhood?
Palm Pipes are a great experiment to do with early childhood. When you play the different pipes and let them hear the difference, it is stimulating one of their 5 senses and you can work from there.
How are they different from Boomwhackers?
The Palm Pipes need to be hit against the palm to make the different sounds as opposed to the Boomwhackers, which can be hit against anything. They are also a lot more manageable because of their size.
Singing Pipes - Hardware Store Music
August 9th, 2010
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Chris - April 16, 2011
The kids loved them. They brought their books from music class and we played a few tunes! They want me to be their new music teacher besides being their science teacher!
Danae Englewood - August 4, 2009
The Palm Pipes are cut PVC Pipes that come in eight different colors and are all different lengths. The PVC Pipes come in the C major diatonic scale (C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C) You can use these PVC Pipes to make music such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Mary Had A Little Lamb and The Chop Sticks. The secret to the PVC Pipes is that when combined with a hand or knee the air inside the PVC Pipe vibrate instead of the pipe it self.