Activity Plan 3-4: Sound Guessing Game
Children will enjoy having the opportunity to identify mystery sounds.
- Grades: PreK–K
- small plastic film canisters, boxes, or containers with lids
- chart paper and marker
Objective: Children will develop creative-thinking, auditory-discrimination, and problem-solving skills as they try to identify the sounds of things they cannot see.
In Advance: Collect a variety of small items that can be placed in small containers and used for a sound guessing game during circle time. Items such as rice, crackers, small blocks, rocks, and dried cereal will work well. Place one item in each container.
1 Present children with the small containers during circle time. Pass each container around the circle, one at a time. Ask children to shake the containers and try to guess what they think may be inside each one. Record children's responses. Enhance math skills by counting how many children had the same responses and how many children had different responses. Show children the items after they have all made their predictions. Ask: Which item do you think made the loudest sound? Which item made the softest sound?
2 Invite children to take out each item and place it into a different container. Ask children to place the lids on the containers. Several children can then mix up the containers.
3 Play the game again and ask children if they can remember the sound each item made. Record their responses again.
4 The next day, provide each child with a container. Ask children to find something in the classroom that is small enough to place into their containers. You may want to let children use items found outdoors as well. Engage children in another round of the guessing game using these items.
Remember: When doing any activity with children involving small objects, make sure that children never put the objects in their mouths.
Math: Provide each child with a small paper bag. Explain to children that you would like them to bring in something from home that will make a sound when it is placed inside the bag. Ask children to trace their objects on the paper bags. Later, after children demonstrate the sounds their objects make, let others in the group try to match the objects to the outlines on the bags. Give children the opportunity to sort and classify the objects in their bags according to size, shape, color, and use.