This project is inspired by the de Young itself and the materials used throughout the building, particularly wood, stone (floors), and metal (copper cladding).
- Pots and pans of various materials, such as metal, wood, or plastic
- Wooden or plastic stir spoons or short sticks, to use as drumsticks
- Objects to make sounds, such as squeaky toys or other nonbreakable objects Colored circle stickers
- Music paper
- Sound recording app, such as Yellofier, downloaded and open
Questions to Consider
- Stop and listen to your environment. What sounds do you hear?
- What is the difference between noise, sound, and music?
NOTE: If you use a sound recording app, take 3–7 minutes alone to learn the app so as not to distract from your child’s learning session. There are 3-minute tutorials on YouTube. When ready to record, do so discreetly. As with many activities, pulling out a mobile device may eclipse the attention to the other materials.
1. To start, gather a few pots, pans, and other things to make sound, plus 1 or 2 tapping spoons.
2. After tapping spoons on the pots to explore sounds, label each vessel with a different colored sticker. Decide which color sticker to assign to which object. If you're ready for more complex play, add more objects to tap, plus more stickers to make more distinct combinations.