Make your own phone!

See how far your voice can travel with this tin can phone. It’s easy to make at home with bits and pieces from around the house.

You will need:

  • 2 washed tin cans. Get an adult to make sure there are no sharp edges. Tin cans work best, but if you’d prefer you can use plastic cups instead.
  • A decent length of string
  • A nail and hammer

Stand the tin cans upside down and poke a hole through the bottom of each one with the nail and hammer. Thread one end of the string through the hole in one of the cans and tie a knot at the end so that it  can’t come through. Do this at the other end with the other can also. With a friend, each take a tin can and walk far enough apart that the string is held taught. One person can talk into the can while the  other listens.

Why not see how soft you can talk while still being able to hear each other? And don’t forget to send us in your photos of you talking with your tin cans! Email them to

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