Thank you again to Thomas for sparking up Bear's latest obsession. "The wise old owl" I can't recall the episode but somehow there is an owl in the plot. Now,that is all he talks about. My MIL and I were talking about where we should take the next curriculum (she helps write it). In conversation I told her about the "wise owl" story and how B talks about them all the time. We thought it would be great to take that subject and run with it for a while. Incorporating the five senses was a perfect way to expand on this a little more.
Our first day we started with hearing. We went over the sounds that owls make. We found this YouTube video that really captures a clear owl sound and watched it a few time trying to mimic the sound that we heard. I explained that we listen with our ears, having him identify his ears as well as the ears of the stuffed owl we had. Then we were off on our sound hunt.
Here's how to play.
1. Identify the sound you will be looking for. In this case it was the owl sound from the YouTube video that we listened to earlier.
2. Have your toddler walk away or cover his eyes. Then hide the "sound"( I used my phone and played the video once I decided on the hiding spot) I also hid the stuffed owl along with it.
3. Have your toddler come back or uncover his eyes and try to find sound. Tip: Make sure that the track or video is long enough to give them enough time to locate. The clip I used was a minute long and that was just enough time for both the boys to find.
4. For younger toddlers make the hiding spots more obvious. I noticed that W (15m) was able to find the general location of the sound but if the spot was too tough he wasn't able to find it.
5. Continue hiding as long as your little one wants. Bear played about 4 rounds of this game before loosing interest while W only played twice before walking away to play something else.
Don't feel limited to just owl sounds this game can work with any sounds or music. The main objective is having to listen to find the object.
**This post was submitted to: Kid's Co-op, Tot School Tuesday