Preschool Weekly Activities (21) – Sound

January 20th, 2012 by Dionna | 4 Comments
Posted in Carnival and Special Series, Children, Eclectic Learning, Learning Activity Series, Preschoolers, Toddlers

The Preschool Weekly Activity Schedule is designed to help parents and caretakers of preschoolers do one easy but enriching activity with their children each weekday. The activities can also be adapted to fit the needs of toddlers and older children.

Each theme features fun and educational activities; book and music suggestions; and other ideas to help adults and children connect through learning and fun. Please check out the archives for other themes and activities.

This week we’re going to talk about sound.

Monday – Fun with Numbers

Clapping Patterns1: Practice different clapping patterns (clap-snap-clap-snap or 1, 2…1, 2, 3…1, 2…1, 2, 3). Take turns making up the pattern with your little one.

Tuesday – Language/Pre-Reading

Listening Phonics Games: The Utah Educational system has 13 interactive listening activities – younger preschoolers will probably need adult help.

Wednesday – Music and Art

Making Sound with Water: Gather several glasses, glass bottles, or glass vases and fill them with different levels of water. Using a small wooden or rubber mallet, tap each of the glasses and see what sounds they make. How are the sounds different when the glasses have more or less water? If you have glass bottles, try blowing across the top of the bottles to make different sounds.2

Thursday – Motor Skills

Rhyming Freeze3: Children listen for different word families in this fun-filled movement game.

*Gather children in an open area. Invite them to run around as you shout out words that belong to the same word family (i.e., words that end in the sound –an, or –ack, or –ot). When they hear a word that doesn’t belong, they should “freeze.”

Friday – Science Adventures

String Telephones4:

*two plastic cups
*some string
*paper clips
*something to poke holes in the cups


1. Carefully poke a small hole in the bottom of each plastic cup.
2. Tie the paper clip to one end of the string.
3. Thread the other end of the string through the hole in the bottom of one of the cups. Be sure to thread it from the inside of the cup. The paperclip will keep the string from going all the way through the hole.
4. Then thread the string through the hole in the second cup, but this time do it from the outside of the cup.
5. Tie the second paper clip to the other end of the string. The paper clip should be inside the cup, just like the first paper clip.
6. Then, pull the cups so that the string is tight and have one person talk into the cup while the other person holds the cup to their ear.

Experiment with the length of the strings to see how far you can move away from each other and still hear on your string telephone.

Book and Music Suggestions

  1. From Fun-Filled 5- to 10- Minute Math Activities for Young Learners, available at Scholastic
  2. Idea is from Science Kids.
  3. From 30 Wonderful Word Family Games, available at Scholastic
  4. Idea from Zoom
  5. Thanks Deb at Living Montessori Now for those song recommendations.

4 Responses to:
"Preschool Weekly Activities (21) – Sound"

  1. Crunchy Con Mommy   crunchyconmom

    Great ideas…I think we’ll be making cup phones today!

    PS did you do posts like this when Kieran was a little younger? I don’t remember, but I’m desperate for ideas-it’s 5 degrees out and we haven’t been out in 2 weeks because of being sick. The natives are growing restless!

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      Yes! Look at the categories at the top of this post and click on “Learning Activity Series” – that will give you a list of all of the posts I’ve done on these. I did quite a few when Kieran was 2 :)

  2. katie

    love these ideas

  3. lace   fingerscrossed

    Great activities. We just got musical instruments for Christmas so I think I should incorporate some of those into some sound activities.

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