Saturday, March 31, 2012

What's that Sound? Nature Walk

Earlier in the week we started talking about using our sense of hearing while we explored our Sound Garden.  Later, we took our ears on a nature walk to discover what makes sound outside!

The rules were simple:
  1. Walk....walk...walk
  2. STOP!
  3. Listen....what do you hear?
  4. Try to look to see what is making the noise.
  5. Draw a picture of what you heard.
  6. Start all over again!
It was really neat to see my 3 year old actually pay attention to the sounds around him.  I thought for sure he would forget what we were doing and just run and play, but he would really walk a little bit, stop, and say LISTEN!  He was super excited to record what he heard by drawing it on the paper I brought along.  After he drew his picture (not his best talent =) I had him try to write the word for what he drew.  It was really a great multi-subject activity!
Here is a picture of the paper he drew his observations on...

I'm not sure what the first box was.  The second box was a bird.  The two lines coming out from it was it tweeting (I thought that was creative of him to think of).  The middle left box was a jeep (there were lots of cars driving by since we started our walk from our front door =).  The middle right box was...a box.  I don't know, some humming thing that's next to our condo.  It was definitely making noise, even thought it's not very 'natural.'  The bottom left box was a tree.  He said that he heard the wind blowing through it...creative again!  Then lastly, we heard a woodpecker even though we couldn't see it.

So if the weather is starting to be nicer in your area like it is in mine, grab a sketchbook and head outside with your kids.  Have them close their eyes and take in nature with their ears!





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24 comments:

  1. Visiting from A Mama's Story....
    I like the idea of coming back and drawing/writing down what you heard or saw :)

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  2. How cute! I'm visiting from A Maama's Story linkup. Like the idea of writing down observations

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  3. Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments, ladies!

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  4. wonderful! We'll definately give this a go! Thanks for sharing! Here from the HHH :) have a great week!

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    1. Oh I hope you do =) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I LOVE nature walks!! And that drawing from your son is so precious!! Thanks for linking up with Loving Our Children today!

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  6. What a great idea! It seems like so many children that age are absolutely fascinated with the outdoor world, so what a good way to use that for education.

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    1. Yes! And we don't live in a home with a yard right now, so when we get to go outside it's extra appreciated and fascinating!

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  7. So precious. I'm sure you'll treasure the memory. Listening is a good trait to teach our children.

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    1. And we need all the listening practice around here that we can get ;)

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  8. Great idea for a nature walk! We love exploring outside, too. :)

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  9. I love this idea! I am now following your blog! Such great ideas! Stopping by from Preschool corner.

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    1. Lindsay, thanks so much! I'm glad you are enjoying these activities =)

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  10. Great idea! My 3 year old can't draw yet, but maybe something like this would inspire him. Visiting from Preschool Corner.

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    1. As you can tell from the picture, mine can't really draw yet either =) Everything is pretty much a blob with a few other blobs and maybe a line on it =) But it's good practice being purposeful and focused on something! Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment.

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  11. What a great idea. I love it. Jodi @ www.meaningfulmama.com

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  12. I love your son's drawings! This is a wonderful activity. I have played "what's that sound?" with my preschoolers and also try to integrate it on walks with my son. I love the addition of drawing what you hear. My son has finally taken to drawing. He just wasn't very interested until recently (he is 4 and a half) and now all of a sudden he is a mad artist! I love it! I think he will enjoy this activity! Thank you

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks so much for stopping by! Yeah, I think drawing takes some time with boys =) It's definitely still not my son's favorite thing!

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  13. What a fun science activity. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  14. What a fun activity. We are doing a sense class at the Mass Audubon Farm near us and haven't done sound at it yet, but it should be similar. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you are having a great week!

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  15. Just want to let you know I will be featuring you this week!

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    1. Oh thanks so much! I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow =)

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  16. Great activity!!!

    Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday link party. hope to see you there today!

    Natasha xxx

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