An exploration of sound

An exploration of sound

We have been exploring our five senses and this was one way we explored our sense of hearing….

Sitting out on a table, the children found a variety of different blocks, xylophones, tin cans, oatmeal cans, Pringle cans, and small mallets.  The xylophones and mallets that you see in this photo came from Target in their dollar spot isle…

The children stopped by the sound table all throughout the morning to tap on each of the different sound makers we had available…

Almost every object on the table made a different sound. The children spent time checking out and comparing the different sounds of each object on the table…

The children also liked to play their sound makers together. We even had one child who directed the others by counting “1, 2, 3, 4” and then everyone would begin to tap the sound makers together…

This activity was a wonderful way to explore our sense of hearing as it invited the children to use their ears to listen to the different sounds, compare the different sounds, tap out rhythms, sing songs, and work in cooperation with each other…

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  • Kirstylee Posted October 21, 2012 1:09 pm

    I love this idea. Usually when I teach sound with my preschoolers, we go outside and listen for different sounds (cars, leaves rustling, kids playing, etc.). I think any kids would love an excuse to explore musical instruments though. I am definitely going to do this activity during my next 5 Senses unit.

  • Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons Posted October 21, 2012 4:51 pm

    Fun! I think I might set out an instrument invitation to play after school on Halloween to keep the kids occupied until it is time to trick or treat!

  • Mary Posted October 21, 2012 6:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great listening skills activity. Nice to know the children added counting to this activity. Best,

  • Katherine Posted October 21, 2012 6:21 pm

    This is a wonderful activity – don’t you just love Target’s Dollar section? I often check your blog for new things I can add to my classroom. Have you done any rhyming activities lately? I have a few in my tool box, but I’m looking for new ideas. Would love to see some!

  • Maureen Posted October 21, 2012 7:55 pm

    I love that you used objects from around the classroom and home. Just shows that we don’t need to buy instruments to explore music.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 22, 2012 2:14 am

    Yes – I love that part of the store – way too much!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 22, 2012 2:15 am

    Absolutely, there are lots of alternative ways and materials to make music with!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 22, 2012 2:17 am

    Definitely a great way to keep the kids occupied – especially amist the excitement of going trick or treating!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted October 22, 2012 2:18 am

    We love to go outside and listen for sound too! It’s amazing how many sounds you can hear when you take the time to really stop and listen. Only one time, we went outside and the lawn mower was running and that was all we could hear! LOL!

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