Bang the Drum Loudly- Sense of Sound

If you are not into toddler stuff- my apologies.  I haven’t had much time to blog lately, even though I have writing topics running through my mind all day long.  Hoping to get time to write soon.  But I always like to post what we did during our toddler class, so parents that missed it can participate at home.  Here goes!

Our toddler group is still working our way through the senses.  This week- sound!  Here are the songs and activities for the lesson.

  1.  To the tune of “Jingle Bells”

Ears Ears

Ears help me hear

With birds around

I hear the sound

Ears help me hear

 

Ears Ears

I listen with my ears

Soft or loud

I hear the sound

Ears help me hear

2.  Guess that sound game:  I filled three boxes with different items.  One had bells, one had popcorn, one had blocks.  The children passed them around the circle, shaking the box and trying to guess what was inside.  In addition to relating to the theme of sound, this activity also encourages sharing, taking turns, and improving attention span.

3.  Little Drummers:  Each child selected a cooking pot and utensil from an assortment.  I gave them a minute to play with them on their own.  I then alternated giving directions for them to follow:  play softly, loudly, fast, slow, count to five and stop, etc.  Good activity to encourage listening and following instructions.

4.  Our morning dance party was to  Taste of Honey “Boogie Oogie Oogie.”  We danced with scarves, made various animals sounds, moved in a circle like a train, etc.

5.  Completed “Here is the Bunny” finger play:

Here is a bunny

(Make fist with two fingers up straight.)

With his ears so funny.

Here is his hole

(Circle fingers and thumb of other hand.)

In the ground.

When a noise he hears,

(Rotate rabbit as if hearing noise.)

He pricks up his ears,

And jumps in his hole

(Jump rabbit ears into hole.)

In the ground.

6.  Read the story “Listen to the Rain” by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault.  At the end of the story, we played with homemade rain sticks to see what rain might sound like.  I had various sizes, but the one made from a long poster tube worked best.  Super easy to make.  Here are the instructions:

http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/02/diy-rain-stick.html

7.   One of the other moms led a craft where we made jingle bell door hangers/instruments.  Not sure where she found it, but it was very easy.  Thread bells onto a pipe cleaner.  One you have an assortment of bells, twist the end of the pipe cleaner around each other to make a circular handle.  We then used our bells to sing along to “Jingle Bells” while another mom played the guitar.

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Next week, touch! See you then!

 

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