Today I have a fun and easy craft activity to do with your little one that explores the sense of sound.
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Supplies you'll need (as seen in the above picture):
Cardboard paper tubes (i.e. toilet paper rolls)
First, we will lay down a piece of construction paper and put the cardboard paper tube on top, roll it up, and tape it down. Fold one end in and tape in place. In the open end, fill your tube with the objects of your choice. Put enough in that it will make a sound when you shake it, but not too much that there's not enough room for it to really move around and make noise. Then fold in that end and tape in place as well. Cut off any construction paper that overlaps too much if you need to.
Give your sound tube a shake and make sure the tape keeps it all in. Repeat the same process with each tube, filling as many as you'd like with different materials. I liked doing a mix of things I knew would make really soft sounds (like the pom poms) and louder jangly ones (like the paper clips). Like I said earlier, use whatever kinds of stuff you have laying around the house to fill the tubes with.
I did this craft as part of a larger My 5 Senses program at the library (which I will post about soon), where we had stations exploring all 5 senses. Kids didn't know what was in each tube and had to guess what was inside. I then put a slip of construction paper in the corresponding color next to it with what was inside the tube written underneath. By eliminating all the other senses, they really had to rely on their sense of sound to identify the objects. You could do this with your kids by having them turn away while you put the materials inside each tube, or doing all the tubes in the same color construction paper, so they don't know what is in each one.
To incorporate early literacy into this, 2 books I love exploring the theme of hearing/listening/sound are the classics The Listening Walk and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (and this version has the sounds!)