Simple Science Activities

Simple science activities using rice

Simple science activities showing how earthquake waves travel

These simple science activities demonstrate how earthquake waves can travel through a variety of different materials after an earthquake. All earthquakes produce P waves and S waves. P waves are compression waves and travel through solids, liquids and gases. S waves are transverse waves and travel only through solids.

Simple science activities, Earthquake Waves, Photo by Myrna Martin


  • Metal pan
  • Construction paper
  • Rice
  • Spoon


  1. Place a metal pan on a table so that the bottom of the pan is facing upward.
  2. Place a large piece of paper on top of the pan.
  3. Sprinkle rice on top of the paper.
  4. Strike the pan with the spoon.
  5. Observe what happens to the rice on top of the paper.
  6. The earthquake waves (seismic waves) are caused by the spoon striking the pan. The waves travel through the pan to the paper and then the rice.
  7. What do you think will happen if you try this experiment with large beans? Try it!
  8. What would happen if you floated paper in the pan filled with water and did the experiment? Try it!

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