An exploration of sound

Simple ways to explore sound in your classroom!

We have been exploring our five senses and this was one way we explored our sense of hearing….

Use a Variety of Instruments

Sitting out on a table, the children found a variety of different blocks, xylophones, tin cans, oatmeal cans, Pringle cans, and small mallets.  The xylophones and mallets that you see in this photo came from Target in their dollar spot isle…

The children stopped by the sound table all throughout the morning to tap on each of the different sound makers we had available…

Comparing Different Sounds

Almost every object on the table made a different sound. The children spent time checking out and comparing the different sounds of each object on the table…

Working Together

The children also liked to play their sound makers together. We even had one child who directed the others by counting “1, 2, 3, 4” and then everyone would begin to tap the sound makers together…

Why we Love this Sound Exploration Activity

This activity was a wonderful way to explore our sense of hearing as it invited the children to use their ears to listen to the different sounds, compare the different sounds, tap out rhythms, sing songs, and work in cooperation with each other…

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By |2019-01-15T10:19:54+00:00October 21st, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Kirstylee October 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I love this idea. Usually when I teach sound with my preschoolers, we go outside and listen for different sounds (cars, leaves rustling, kids playing, etc.). I think any kids would love an excuse to explore musical instruments though. I am definitely going to do this activity during my next 5 Senses unit.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2012 at 2:18 am - Reply

      We love to go outside and listen for sound too! It’s amazing how many sounds you can hear when you take the time to really stop and listen. Only one time, we went outside and the lawn mower was running and that was all we could hear! LOL!

  2. Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons October 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Fun! I think I might set out an instrument invitation to play after school on Halloween to keep the kids occupied until it is time to trick or treat!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2012 at 2:17 am - Reply

      Definitely a great way to keep the kids occupied – especially amist the excitement of going trick or treating!

  3. Mary October 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this great listening skills activity. Nice to know the children added counting to this activity. Best, [email protected]

  4. Katherine October 21, 2012 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful activity – don’t you just love Target’s Dollar section? I often check your blog for new things I can add to my classroom. Have you done any rhyming activities lately? I have a few in my tool box, but I’m looking for new ideas. Would love to see some!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2012 at 2:14 am - Reply

      Yes – I love that part of the store – way too much!

  5. Maureen October 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    I love that you used objects from around the classroom and home. Just shows that we don’t need to buy instruments to explore music.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 22, 2012 at 2:15 am - Reply

      Absolutely, there are lots of alternative ways and materials to make music with!

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