Go on a sound hunt and introduce your child to different sounds in the environment. Explore how sounds are different, how sound is made, and how sound travels.
Listen for sounds as you play outside, wait for the bus, walk to the market, or picnic at the park.
Here's how to turn an everyday routine or walk into a sound hunt.
- Walk quietly and listen for different sounds such as lawn mowers, birds, raindrops, and sirens.
- Notice how the sounds change as you walk down a different street or into a busier neighborhood.
- When you hear a new sound talk about it. Encourage your child to talk about what made the sound and identify where it is coming from. If you have time to investigate, follow one of the sounds to its source.
- Play a game by taking turns imitating a sound you hear and guessing its source.
- If you have a smartphone, record interesting sounds you hear so you can listen to the sounds together at another time.
Media Connection: Together watch the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “ Sounds Like . . . .” Follow Peep and his friends as they find their way home by listening to sounds.