What's That Sound?

Keep your preschoolers' ears alert and their minds occupied with these activities that require active listening and feature a few fun ways to produce and transmit sound.

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Play the Rainbow to Explore Acoustics

In this activity, your child fills jars with water to learn about acoustics, and practices mixing colors to form a rainbow of colors and sounds.
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Make Your Own Rainstick

There's no need to hunt down a cactus for this rainstick craft. In fact, you can recycle items you probably already have on hand.
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Musical Magical Hoops!

This fun game tests your child's memory and helps him recognize colors, listen well, discriminate between sound and silence, and stop and start on signal.
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Paper Cup Maracas

Maracas are most commonly found in music around the world. Introduce your child to percussion and rhythm with this easy-to-make instrument.
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Tin Can Phone

Tin can phones offer something modern versions don't - a fun project to make with a friend, and a dramatic illustration of vibration and sound waves.
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Make Paper Plate Tambourines

Looking for a noisemaker that's more musical than your kid's typical banging and clanging? Make a paper plate tambourine!
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Play Animal Musical Chairs

In this variation on musical chairs, no one gets kicked "out" of the game -- instead, they get to tell other kids what to do!
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Play Musical Statues

This simple movement activity helps improve listening skills, as your child will be required to discriminate between sound and silence.
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Sound Shakers

Create clear sound shakers so your preschooler can observe and compare the different sounds that objects make!
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