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Noises All Around Us

Listen to the sounds around you and play a sorting game.


  • Index cards
  • Crayons or markers


  1. Walk around your neighborhood and keep your ears open listening for loud and soft sounds such as sirens and leaves blowing in the wind.
  2. When you get home, make a list together of the different sounds that you heard.
  3. On the index cards, help your child draw a picture of each thing that she heard.
  4. Spread out the index cards face-up on the floor and together, sort them into two piles: one for things that make soft noises and one for things that make loud noises.
  5. Mix them up and play again!

Talk About It

With your child, think of animals that can make loud sounds, soft sounds, or both. Name an animal and encourage your child to pretend to be that animal. What sound does it make and how does it move?

Take It Further

Explore loud and soft with your hands! Start clapping at a moderate volume. Have your child call out louder and softer, and change the volume of your claps to match. Play again, this time changing the volume of your voices!

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