Horton Hears a Who! is a great book to read right before setting out this fun listening activity. After hearing about Horton hearing a Who, your children can tell you what they hear as they listen to the sounds made by shaking a small metal bucket.
Horton Hears a Who! What Do You Hear Activities
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You will probably want to read Horton Hears a Who!to your children before starting these activities.
Teacher Created Sound Buckets
You can gather objects that will make a different sound to put in the buckets. Below you will find a list of possible objects. You can share the buckets with your children. After giving them a chance to shake the buckets, they can try to guess what is in each of the buckets.
Sound Bucket Objects
- Other Objects You Have Available
Other Supplies You Will Need
You will also need small metal buckets. We found ours at a dollar store. They did not have Horton on them. A Horton coloring page was printed out, colored and glue to the buckets.
Once you have placed the objects into the buckets, you can put a lid on them. If you don’t have a lid that fits, you can use a rubber band to secure a piece of plastic to the top. We found that a drink lid for frozen drinks from a local gas station fit on our buckets.
Students Created Sound Buckets
You can put out an assortment of objects for your children to place in the buckets. Your children will need to know how you want them to move the buckets to create a sound. They could shake, swing or tap the sides of them.
More Exploration Ideas
- Children can be asked to find out which of the objects makes the loudest or quietest sound.
- They can be given cotton balls to put around the objects to see how the sound of each of the objects changes.
- Lids can be placed out for the children to use. They can have a friend guess which object is in the bucket.
You could put out other toys and objects for children to explore like this
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