Make Your Own Whisper Phones January 08 2010

My kids at home are seven and four years of age, and like kids in the classroom, they talk.

And talk. And talk.

To a large degree, kids process their world verbally, which is to be expected. But how do we, in a class of 25+ kids, let them process verbally without creating total chaos?

Whisper phones can help a great deal with this, especially when it comes to reading or working out problems. And you can make your own for about $.50 each.

What You Need

A PVC Pipe Cutter or Hacksaw (if using a hacksaw, use a vise to hold the PVC steady)
PVC Glue

For One Phone:
3 or 4-inch length of 1/2-inch PVC Pipe
1 1/2 or 2-inch length of 1/2-inch PVC Pipe
3 1/2-inch Elbows

Assembly

1. Cut the PVC pipes to the lengths specified above.

2. Here's the fun part! The 3 to 4 inch length is the part of the phone that you hold. One of the elbows goes at the top for the earpiece. One of the elbows goes at the bottom of this length and attaches to the 1 to 2 inch length of pipe. Put the last elbow on this short piece of PVC for the mouth piece.

3. Dry-fit the two lengths of PVC with the elbows to make sure the phone is the size you want it.

Finish!

Swab the inside of the elbows with the PVC glue and slide onto the pipe. The glue is strong and fast-acting, so don't dally.

If you want to add some color to your phones, use a PVC primer and spraypaint in a well-ventilated area. If you don't want to paint, then your phones are ready to go!

Now your kids are ready to process verbally while they're learning while keeping the classroom noise to a minimum!