Chimes are metal pipes of varying lengths suspended from a
wooden frame so that they can resonate freely when struck with a
To make your own chimes, use either aluminum or copper
1-inch piping (both are found in hardware stores). Saw the pipe
into assorted lengths and file the cut edges so they are not sharp.
Drill a small hole through each pipe near the top so the bars can
be suspended. Use pipe cleaners to hang the chimes from hooks
on a wooden frame.
Although the chimes are not meant to be tuned to a specific scale,
the varying lengths produce a range of pitches. Through repeated
playing of the chimes, children learn that the pitch gets higher as
the bars get shorter. Both aluminum and copper chimes make