Since we were talking about doing taste tests to explore the sense of taste, I thought it would be fun to look at ways to explore other senses as well. When it comes to learning about sound, music and rhythms are a great place to start.
This Junk Jam idea from Mosswood Connections (which came from the Exploratorium in San Francisco) is really simple to set up and uses trash to help kids play with and learn about sound.
You can play with matching rhythm, exploring pitch, counting as you hit different bottles, exploring how filling containers with different things (rice, beans, water, air) causes them to make different sounds, writing numbers on the containers and writing a song based on the order you play the bottles and more.
These containers are great to keep around and use as recycled instruments even when you’re not playing the game, and your kids will have as much fun with them as they do with purchased musical instruments.
Do you play any musical/sound games with your kids? I’d love to hear about them.
[Photo via Mosswood Connections.]