DIY Sound Matching

I’ve always wanted to do a sound matching activity but never really gotten around to it.  Plus, most of the tutorials I see involve using old film canisters…and I just don’t come by those often anymore!

Then it hit me to use some old plastic cups!  I used 3 different types of dried beans – lima beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils.  There is a pretty good size difference so I was sure the noise difference wouldn’t be too subtle.  Given that this was our first try, I wasn’t sure how difficult it would be.  I made 7 cups total – 2 of each bean and 1 was empty (Baloo’s idea!)

Then I told the boys to shut their eyes while I mixed them all up.

And we shook them to find the matches!

The boys loved the sound matching and loved being told to make a lot of noise.  We danced with them, sang songs, and played a few silly games. 

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