Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: World of Wonder: A Program on the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism for Grades K-1

Alternate Activity 3: Sound Map

Part of World of Wonder

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A selection of instruments or sound-making devices such as a bell, a buzzer, a clapper, different types of drums, or a harmonica
  • Unlined paper, and pencils or crayons, for all participants

Preparation for Activity

  • Place a variety of instruments or sound making devices in different parts of the room.
  • Read the Description of Activity. You may choose to demonstrate with one or two sounds, before leading the activity.

Description of Activity

Explain that the children will create a sound map of the room. Have the children sit in the center of the room with eyes closed and a sheet of paper and pencil or crayon in front of them. Move around the room quietly from one instrument or sound-maker to another, in a random order, sounding each item five of six times. Invite children to concentrate on the sounds they hear and the direction the sounds are coming from.

Now have the group open their eyes. Demonstrate how the shape of their paper corresponds to the shape of the room. Ask the children to write a number (if they can remember the order in which they heard the sounds) or an X on their paper for each sounds to show where they think the sound came from.