The Sound Chart for Kids activity helps learn how to identify sounds and different characteristics of each sound. The basic characteristics we’re going to look at:
- Loud, soft, or medium loudness
- High frequency, low or mid-range (middle)
- Short vs long length
We’re going to use a chart that has a list for each sound then each characteristic. The idea is to check off the characteristics for each sound. For example, a mouse squeak could be quiet, high frequency, and short in length.
There’s a few ways to come up with the sounds to use on the chart.
- Collect objects to use. These could be anything from musical instruments to every day objects. Kitchen items are good – things like pots and pans, utensils, and appliances (just be careful they aren’t too loud when you’re using them as a game). Blow dryers, mechanical toys, bells and whistles (literally)… there’s a lot of options.
- Impromptu sounds. This would probably be easier to do outside than inside. Sounds like cars, birds, wind, other animals or people would all work.
- Recorded sounds. You can download free sounds from sites like Freesound.org, BBC Sound Effects, or Sound Bible. Recordings work best when you are using speakers that can reproduce a full-range of frequencies, so ideally not a tablet or phone.
If you want to take it a step further, look at how sound changes through walls, doors, windows, etc. For example, how does a sound change when you’re hearing through a closed door vs an opened one? What if you’re facing towards the sound vs facing away? There’s a lot of ways to expand this.