Rainbow Xylophone

NOTHING BEATS A BEAUTIFUL SHIMMERING RAINBOW. BUT WHAT IF YOUR RAINBOW COULD DOUBLE UP AS A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? PRETTY COOL RIGHT? THANKS TO GLO PALS THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID, AND WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!

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WANT TO GIVE IT A GO TOO? HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED: FILL SIX GLASSES WITH DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF WATER AND ADD A DROP OF FOOD COLORING TO EACH TO CREATE THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW. DROP IN THE CORRECT GLO PAL TO ADD AN AWESOME BRIGHT SHINE, AND PUT OUT A FEW SPOONS FOR THE KIDS TO USE TO HIT THEIR ‘XYLOPHONE’ WITH.

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MY 5 YEAR OLD COULD NOT WAIT TO EXPERIMENT WITH THIS SET UP. STRAIGHT AWAY HE GRABBED A SPOON AND STARTED TAPPING ON THE SIDE OF THE GLASSES.

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MY HEART NEARLY BURST WITH PRIDE WHEN HE SAID ‘LOOK THE RED ONE HAS A LOW PITCH AND THE PURPLE ONE HAS A HIGH PITCH’!!! HE’S ACTUALLY BEEN LISTENING IN MUSIC CLASS AT SCHOOL, HOORAY! IT WAS GREAT FOR HIM TO HAVE A HANDS-ON WAY TO EXPERIMENT WITH PITCH.

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EVEN IF YOUR KIDS ARE YOUNG, NEVER SHY AWAY FROM EXPLAINING THE SCIENCE BEHIND AN ACTIVITY LIKE THIS. YOU MIGHT THINK IT IS TOO COMPLICATED FOR THEM, BUT TRUST ME, THEY’LL TAKE SOME OF IT IN! WITH MY SON I SIMPLY EXPLAINED THAT SOUNDS ARE MADE BY VIBRATIONS (SHAKING). WHEN THERE IS NOT MUCH WATER IN THE GLASS THE VIBRATIONS ARE FASTER THEREFORE THE PITCH IS HIGHER. AS MORE WATER IS ADDED IT SLOWS DOWN THE VIBRATIONS AND THEREFORE THE PITCH IS LOWER WHEN THE GLASS IS HIT. ENCOURAGE QUESTIONS AND LET YOUR KIDS BE AS HANDS-ON AS POSSIBLE!

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2 YEAR OLD BABY SIS HAD JUST AS MUCH FUN WITH THIS SET UP. SHE WAS MESMERIZED BY THE COLORS AND WAS OVER THE MOON TO BE ALLOWED TO TAP AWAY ON THE GLASSES!

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IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE BABY SIS HAD OTHER WAYS FOR HOW TO INTERACT WITH THE SET UP. I VERY MUCH BELIEVE IN ALLOWING MY KIDS TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT SO I HAD NO PROBLEM WITH HER EXCITEDLY TESTING OUT WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF SHE SWAPPED THE GLO PALS INTO DIFFERENT COLORED GLASSES.

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SHE HAPPILY TRANSFERRED WATER BETWEEN GLASSES, EXPERIMENTING EACH TIME IF THE SOUND HAD CHANGED OR NOT.

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WOULD YOUR KIDS LOVE PLAYING A RAINBOW XYLOPHONE TOO? BE SURE TO TAG @GLOPALS IF YOU GIVE IT A TRY!

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Lucy Baker