Learning to distinguish between
sounds is a very important skill for young children to have, especially
when they begin to learn to distinguish between letter and words
Let your child welcome in the New Year with a variety of noisemakers.
Go on a noise hunt around your house. Have your child look for items
that can make noise such as; bells, pots and pans, drums, instruments,
silverware, etc. Preschoolers may not understand how sounds are
made or how sounds travel but they can learn to distinguish between
sounds. They can learn to tell which item makes the most sound and
which items have a high sound and which items have a low sound.
NAME THAT SOUND
Set out different items that have distinct sounds.
Now ask your child to close his eyes as you make a noise with one
of the items. Can he tell which item you make the noise with? Take
turns with your child covering your eyes and being the one to guess.
Start this game with three different items and gradually add more
as your child becomes good at guessing the correct items.
Collect six small film containers. Fill each container half way.
Pour rice in two containers, beans in two
other containers and salt in the last two containers. Mix up the
containers and have your child find the three matching sets of containers
by listening to the sounds they make.
You can make fun home made noisemakers with your child by placing
beans in one small paper cup and then taping another cup upside-down
on the top. Let your child decorate the shaker with strips of crepe
paper or ribbon. Have your child shake the noisemaker while she
sings a seasonal song.