Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Science Activity - Sound Garden

Time for another science activity!  Lasts week's theme for science was the sense of hearing.  Going back to our trusty Sid the Science Kid resource, we made a sound garden!

The object of this activity was to explore our sense of hearing by comparing and contrasting sounds made by different materials.  We used plastic, wooden, and metal objects and discovered what they sound like!

First I had to gather the materials.  Most of what we needed was in our instrument bin: metal triangle and stick, wooden mallets and sticks, cymbals, etc.  I added to the mix a plastic bowl and spoon, a metal spoon, and a wooden spoon.

Then I had Trevor close his eyes and I hit together two items of each material and had him guess what they were.  He did a pretty good job identifying them.  Then I made it a little harder by choosing two different materials to hit together.  Of course this was difficult, but he had a good time trying to guess =)

Next I had Trevor separate the different items by material.  Here are the finished piles...

Then he had the chance to explore for himself what sounds different materials would make.  Of course he wanted to test me too, so I had to close my eyes and guess what he was banging together.

Trevor always loves these simple, but effective introductory science activities.  If you think your child would like this activity and others like it too (including other activities on the senses!), make sure to check out my new page (up top) of science and nature activities for every season!

Happy Listening!

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  1. I'm all about exploring music and sound as well as science for little guys! Love this post! Today I posted about how to make your own guitar - both a rather simple one and a more complex one. Maybe he'd be interested in making his own instruments? I'm going now to check out your science for every season!

    1. Thanks so much, Tricia! I'll check out your guitar post, I'm sure he would love it.

  2. What a fun activity!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

  3. What a cool science activity for little ones.


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