Five Senses: Sound Safari

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I had no clue how well this sound safari would work with my 23 month old, I have done it with 3- 5 year olds in the past but never with toddlers. It was a huge hit. He understood the chart and that we were listening to for the things listed and got very excited to earn each star. We chose to go for a walk in our neighborhood but you can do this inside or in your backyard as well.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, plain paper, markers, a ruler, scissors, stickers and glue or double stick tape.sound map edit
  2. Make a simple chart , one space for the sound you are searching for and a small box for a sticker or a check mark.
  3. Add things you hear often around your neighborhood or where ever you will be listening. We did sirens, dogs barking, birds, cars, etc…sound
  4. Tape or glue the paper on the construction paper and head off on your walk.
  5. I gave the chart to my son and told him we were looking for all those sounds, we talked about hearing things, and although he was quite convinced we hear with our eyes, he still got it.sound activity for kids
  6. I helped start things off my closing the garage door and asking him what he heard. when he said the garage door , I asked him to look on his chart to see if that was on it. When it was we got a sticker and put it in the box.sound safari

The next up was our neighbor’s barking dogs! sound lesson for kidsThen birds… we were only a few hundred feet from our door and we already had half the items on our safari.As we kept walking we found more and my son pointed out ones we didn’t have like the lawnmowers the gardeners were using. That tickled me because that was the point of this whole exercise to learn about using our ears to hear and identify sounds. These were our final safari findings:

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  1. Lettie says

    A friend sent me a link to your site months ago and I have been loving the ideas! You son is about the same age as one of my boys so I can always see whether it might be doable for us. I love this idea! Thank you so much for sharing your ideas and talents with us!

  2. Allie says

    I am so happy to see so many comments, I was worried this would be a big flop even though we had such a great time doing it.

    Nicole I will head over there in just a sec!

    Brenda- yeah he loves hats especially that one, he is almost always in it. It’s a by product of me always covering his cradle cap as a baby.

  3. CAB says

    He looks so precious and serious studying his list! I like the idea of using the stars. I’ve been meaning to come up w/something like this akin to BINGO or some such for long car trips where the children can look for certain items, shapes, types of places, etc. Now, to just get it done!

  4. Allie says

    Cab- I know he takes after his dad with his serious side. I have very few serious moments a year !

    I couldn’t believe how much he loved it and really got it, I am still in awe. Now if I can just get him to stop eating paint…and glue!

  5. Chrissy says

    That’s so awesome! We’re always “listening” for new sounds around here. Even before they were one, both of mine loved pointing to their ears whenever they would hear an exciting sound such as the lawnmower, or a dog barking, or a bird chirping. It’s a great way to teach them to pay attention to their surroundings, but I never even thought about making it into a chart/game. Love it!


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