Sounds in the Neighborhood
- Pictures of things found in the neighborhoods where your children live that make noise (examples: a train; farm animals; cars; machinery; dogs barking; children playing.)
- Voice recorder (tape recorder, camera, cell phone, etc.)
- Recording of neighborhood sounds
- Ask questions about water and let the children experiment to find the answers. Ask, “What does it feel like? Is it smooth or rough, cold or hot, wet or dry?”
- Experiment with the different uses for water, such as: washing dishes, doll clothes, or furniture; watering plants; cooking; making play materials such as play dough; and drinking.
- Explore the properties of water. Place a jar of water, with its volume marked, in a sunny place for a few days. Talk about what happened with your child and ask them where they guess the water went.
- Demonstrate different states of water by making ice, boiling water to steam, and watching ice melt.
- Provide opportunities for free exploration of water with siphons, containers for pouring and measuring, and objects for sinking or floating.
This article was contributed by Mary Perkins for the Early Childhood Express newsletter.