Listening for Sounds

In your child's science class, we've been studying sound. You can help your child learn more about sound by studying it together.

What You Need

A handwritten note listing outside sounds.

What You Do

On a warm night, go outside with your child and find a comfortable place to sit. Together, close your eyes and listen. Take turns describing the sounds you hear. Ask your child to tell if the sounds are loud or soft. Encourage him/her to try making the sounds. Help your child identify who or what is making the sounds. Then, together list the sounds you have heard.

Back at Home

Find a comfortable place to sit inside your house and listen again, following the same procedure you used outside. Have your child draw a picture that shows one of the sounds. Help your child label the picture and tell whether the sound was heard outside or inside. Your child can take this drawing to school to share.