Preschool Weekly Activities (21) – Sound
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
*two plastic cups
*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
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