Everything Music

Venture outside and tune in to the symphony of your child’s world. Careful listening to ambient sounds in the open-air helps develop a preschooler's environmental awareness, social and audio perception skills.

MATERIALS
  1. Imagination only.
HOW TO
  1. Skilly Spark: Let your child know: We’re going to go outside and hear everything possible that we can.
  2. Go outside with your child, ask them be quiet-- you can’t listen when you’re talking-- and simply listen to the sounds of their environment.
  3. Ask your child: “What do you hear?” More questions you might ask could be:
    • What are all the sounds they hear?
    • Do they hear sounds made by animals?
    • What do the leaves in the trees sound like? How do trees without leaves sound?
    • How do noises made by cars differ from noises made by trucks?
    • How do they feel if there is a lot of noise? Or very little?
  4. When you’ve answered all the questions or their interest has waned, then that’s the natural conclusion of the activity.

 

Keep the fun going
  • Grab some crayons, markers or paint and draw a picture of the sounds they've heard, or even how it made your child feel to be quiet outside.
  • Make up and sing a song with all or some of the sounds you've heard.
  • Take a quick a video while listening to the sounds outside.  Play the video and encourage your child to move like the sounds make them feel.

Loved it? Give these activities a try:  

+Inspiration/thanks goes to the birds, like Black Skimmers, American OystercatchersCommon Terns and Willets who gather at the south end of Wrightsville Beach to find mates and raise their young.