Boston Children's Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Children’s bodies are undergoing constant change. By getting to know their own bodies better, these changes can be less mysterious. And a child who is in tune with their own body can use all of their senses as tools as they explore and try to understand the world around them. This activity helps children learn more about their sense of hearing.
Use the sound cups you made for the Mystery Sounds activity. If you have not done that activity, review those instructions, or make sound cups by placing objects in any small container with a lid (like film canisters).
Rather than buy blindfolds, you can make them with scraps of fabric. Make sure you have enough for each pair of students.
Ask your students if they have ever heard a loud noise outside of their room or house. Could they tell which direction the sound was coming from? How could they tell?
Try to guess where the sound is coming from!
After one of the teammates has tried guessing the sounds with both ears and then with only 1 ear, bring everyone together to talk about their experience. Was it easier, harder or the same when they guessed using both ears vs. using one ear? Were there some areas (on their left side, behind them, etc.) that were harder to guess than others?
Have each pair repeat the process, this time switching roles. Did they get similar results to their teammate’s?