STREAM Activity: National Play Outside Day

Get up and get outdoors!

Activity best for children age 2 and up

Playing outside is a great way to use all of our senses. There are five senses that help us figure out the world around us. Our senses are taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing. When we use our sense of hearing what body part do you think we use? Our ears! When we play outside we can hear all kinds of sounds. Some sounds we might hear are, kids playing, birds tweeting and chirping, cars driving by, trash trucks backing up and other exciting sounds. What kinds of sounds do you like to hear? What kinds of sounds do you not like to hear? Can you guess what sounds you will hear outside? Today we are going to go on a scavenger hunt to “find” all kinds of sounds that are in our neighborhood. Put on your thinking cap, turn on your ears and away we go!

Materials you’ll need:

Paper 

Pen

Guiding Questions:

What sense do we use to hear?

What will we hear outside?

Will the sounds be quiet or loud?

How many sounds will we hear? 

Directions

STEP 1
Have a grown up help make a list of the sounds that can be heard outside. (Tip: You can also draw a picture!). Leave some space near the sound so that you can check it off your list of sounds. Leave some room for extra sounds that you hear on your walk that were not on your list.

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STEP 2
Put on your shoes, hold your grownup’s hand and go for a sound walk in your neighborhood. Listen closely. Check off the sounds that you hear on your list.

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STEP 3
Draw or write the extra sounds in the space on your paper. Enjoy spending some time outdoors!

Grown ups, are you looking for more ways to extend your child’s learning? Check out these extension activities to build upon today’s STREAM activity!

Reading Connection
Loud, Soft, High, and Low Sound  by Pamela Curtis Swallow
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Math Connections
Count the sounds that you heard. How many were made by animals, how many were made by people and how many were made by machines?

Science Connections
Do you have any musical instruments in your house? Do they sound the same or different? Can you make them sound loud or soft?

Real-World Connections 
What sounds do you hear when you are in your car or in the supermarket? What sounds make you feel happy? Sad? Worried? Sleepy?