Cut some differing pieces of paper to the same size. (A4 works well as it is small enough to handle and big enough to do a variety of things with.) Find ways to make a noise with them, comparing as you go. Simple. Your child will practice listening to quiet sounds and subtle differences in sound, both good for focussing better in school and becoming a good conversationalist.
We used ordinary printer paper, tissue paper, grease proof paper, tin foil (OK, I know it’s not paper, but it makes a great sound), thin packing paper and a piece of kitchen roll. Use anything you have available. My two year old looked at me oddly when I asked him what he thought paper sounded like, but was soon listening intently to the differences as we shook them.
|Are you ready to listen?|
Flicking the paper produced lots of giggles as he saw the paper move quickly towards him as I hit it from the other side.
Next we ripped the sheets up. Some paper sounded the same as other sheets, and some very different. Then we just had loads of fun ripping it all up!
|Paper Ripped Noisily!|
Here are some things you could do:
- Draw on - with different types of pen
- Screw into a ball
- Walk on (especially on carpet)
- Have a pet walk on
- Hang on a line and throw a ball at
- Drive cars or other vehicles over
Any more ideas? I’d love to read your comments.
Most of the sounds here are very quiet, especially in a child’s world, and are a reminder that sometimes it is worth holding your tongue and paying attention to what’s going on, just so you don’t miss anything.
And we didn't waste the paper...
|Add glue and coloured card|
We made an interesting picture:
|Recycled Paper Art|