I love these fun ways to explore sound with kids! Fantastic hands-on learning. 10 sensational sound activities for preschoolers. Young children are fascinated by the senses. Sight and touch are easy to explore; sound requires a little bit more thought. These activities help kids notice, explore, and think about the sense of sound.
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Sound Activities for Preschoolers – Explore the Science of Sound
This post started when Anna took some glitter and sequins Craft Project Ideas sent us and used them to create a simple sound game. I decided to share her activity along with nine other favorite ways to explore sound with kids.
Sound Activity #1: Guess the Sound
This is the game Anna came up with! She used paper plates and sequins, glitter, and beads, but you can use anything. Dried beans, rice, and pasta are three options that you can find in the kitchen – you can even still cook them after this activity!
Here’s a video of Anna’s game in action. If you are looking for a more durable version of this game, try our DIY maracas!
Sound Activity #2: Shaker Eggs
DIY shaker eggs are a favorite from this blog! Take those leftover plastic Easter eggs and fill them with anything you like.
Sound Activity #3: Exploring Pitch
What makes a musical note higher or lower? Try these pitch activities to find out!
Sound Activity #4: Junk Jam Music
I love that this activity gets the kids outside! Mosswood Connections has instructions to create your own junk jam center in your backyard.
Sound Activity #5: Make a Kazoo
Kazoos are easy to make and fun to use! Buggy and Buddy has fun instructions on how to make your own kazoo.
Sound Activity #6: Make a Rain Stick
Rain sticks are delightful! I especially love this rain stick from Rhythms of Play, because you can see how it works!
Sound Activity #7: Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are an easy way to get kids curious about sound! Here is a beautiful DIY wind chime you can hang on your wall. Amazon has several fun wind chime sets. Tuned sets are especially pleasing to listen to.
Sound Activity #8: Go on a Music Field Trip
We are very lucky because our local community often has concerts that are just for preschoolers! Buggy and Buddy has a great printable for sound walks.
Sound Activity #9: Sound Waves Experiment
Edventures with kids has a fantastic science of sound waves experiment your kids will love. All you need is a ruler, spoons, and a little yarn. Buggy and Buddy has a similar sound experiment using a wire hanger and string.
Sound Activity #10: Play with Music
Music is one of the most exciting ways to explore sound with kids! This post full of musical activities for toddlers is a great starting point. This video from Nancy Kopman is an adorable introduction to harmony for kids.
Parents Need Music
Did you know that music is also a great parenting tool? I’m a music geek, but my non-musician friend Amanda over at The Educators’ Spin On It agrees. She shares some tips any parents can use to incorporate music into everyday parenting.
Do you have any favorite sound activities for preschoolers that we should try? Please share in the comments below, or on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram – I would love to see photos of this activity if you try it with your kids!
MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.
13 thoughts on “10 Sensational Sound Activities for Preschoolers – Explore the Science of Sound”
Nice post, thanks for providing such playful sound activities list. we’ve bookmarked your blog and will be following you regularly. Great work keep it up.
What a great round-up of activities! Thanks for sharing!
I love these ideas! We’ve made Easter egg shakers before and my babies have loved them!
These are such fun ideas. I want to try some of them with my grandson.
These are awesome! Can’t wait to try them!
I have to find time to make rain sticks with the kids. I have most of the supplies to make them…and I know my kids would have so much fun.
Rain sticks are magical!
I love the shaker eggs, they are so easy to make, and so much fun to use.
Our get played with daily.
What a fun way to learn physics!
There are some really fun physics of sound activities for kids!
So many fun ways to explore sounds! We are going to have fun with these activities.
Wonderful ideas for hands-on science!
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