This month we have been working a lot on learning about sound and how our ears process sound. I put together this fun sound unit study to go with R’s curriculum and she has been having so much fun with it. I have included some really great tips, resources, experiments, and ideas you won’t want to miss out on.
Sound Unit Study
Salt Dough Ear Sculpture
You will need
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water
Hot Glue Gun
Ungreased cookie sheet
Making the Ear
Start by making your dough by mixing together your flour, salt, and water.
Have your child mold the different parts of the ear.
We looked at the parts of the ear shown in R’s curriculum in order to decide which parts of the ear she would be building. You can decide to add more detail or less depending on the age you are working with.
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 2 1/2 hours.
When cool paint each piece a different color. (You don’t have to do this. R did this so she could label each part easier.)
Use a hot glue gun to put each piece together. – This part was very difficult for some of the parts. You may have to let each part dry really well before adding another piece on.
When you have finished your project go over it with a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. Let dry for 24 hours and your ear will be done.
Secret Sound Experiment
You will need
Metal coat hanger
2 – 3 foot pieces of yarn
This actually wasn’t our original idea. However, R was having a hard time understanding sound waves. I found the idea from this video. R had a great time testing out sound and trying to understand better how it worked. I highly recommend trying it.
Magic Schoolbus Sound Episode
Are you looking to add some fun to the lesson? We always enjoy a great Magic Schoolbus episode when working on a Science study. If you really want to have fun, challenge your child to make an instrument that will sound good like the episode.
Another Great Sound Resource
How to See Sound from Cool Science Experiments
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