Experiments

Experimenting With Sounds

Experimenting With Sounds
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This activity helps children identify the volume, quality of differing sounds and teaches listening skills.

Time
10 minutes
Ages
12 - 60 months
Group size
1 - 8 tots
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Supplies

  • Plastic food containers (Small, durable containers of similar size, with lids.)
  • Feathers
  • Paper
  • Fabric scraps
  • Rocks
  • Rattles
  • Keys
  • Coins
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Pebbles
  • Sand
  • Drum
  • Windchimes

Steps

  1. Engage your child with filling the containers 1/2 full. Let your child handle the items and discuss the properties that will affect sound.
  2. Secure lids on containers. Have child shake the container while listening to the sounds and feeling the vibrations.
  3. Discuss the different sounds; soft and harsh, quiet and loud. Ask for comparisons. Where else might they hear similar sounds?
  4. Repeat this activity with stand alone items. Encourage discussion.
Adaptations
Nature walks provide other opportunities to explore sound.

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