When is a Toy Too Loud?

Some toys are so loud they can cause hearing damage. All toys have to undergo acoustic testing and meet requirements (set by the American Society of Testing and Materials, or ASTM). But, the way that kids play with toys (especially how close a toy is to their ears) doesn’t always match how adults test these toys. Children under the age … Read more

Instruments by Remo for kids (that aren’t just for music)

Remo isĀ a US-based company that’s beenĀ around over 60 years. They’ve been recognized for “environmentally responsible manufacturing” since 1997. Remo has a reputation in the professional music community for quality instruments and I have done sound recordings of many Remo instruments in my work. So, I was excited to find out there are Remo instruments for kids! (note: I have no … Read more

How noise affects kids at school

It’s been proven in many studies that background noise can affect children’s ability to learn. Until a child is in their teens, it’s hard for them to separate sounds they want to listen to from those those they don’t want to focus on. It’s the most difficult for kids under the age of 5 and it can negatively affect language development … Read more

Sound chart for kids

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 … Read more