When I observe Baobao, I can see clearly that she is the sensitive period for the senses. She is especially sensitive to sound. She is terrified of loud noises - building work, trucks going by and hand dryers are current fears - and listens out for even the tiniest sound - she can often hear a siren before I can.
Here are some of the activities we are doing with Baobao:
These sound jars are one of the easiest DIY Montessori activities. Traditionally they are blue and red, but these Plats salt and pepper shakers from Ikea have black and white bottoms, making them stylish and beautiful. I actually think they are perfect for the Montessori environment. We filled ours with rice, pasta, lentils and rolled up paper, whatever we had in the cupboard really. Baobao will play this game daily when it is out.
We love going for walks. Being outside really helps Baobao to feel free. She needs to connect with the world and to move to learn at this point in her life. Quite often if she hasn't had the opportunity to be outside in the morning, our afternoons are much harder as a result. It's also good for my mental health.
When doing a sound walk with Baobao, we just take moments in our walk to be quiet and just listen and think about what we can hear, be that sirens or people talking on a busy street, or birdsong in our local park.
Baobao loves poetry. She is especially fond of nonsense rhymes. She loves the silly words, alliteration and rhyme, the way they sometimes make mama or baba stumble on their words. Some days she could read these books all day long.
We got this Janod Sound Game from TK Maxx a couple of months ago. It's perfect for children who are in the sensitive period for sound. You listen to the sounds the animals make and match them to the animal cards. Baobao asks to play this game daily.
How can I make a post about sound without music? Baobao is enjoying listening to classical music, as well as nursery rhymes and dancing to other children's songs. Nursery rhymes are especially good, because they are usually only written with about 5 notes, which happen to be the first 5 notes children are able to sing.
Another music and movement activity, of course, is playing instruments. As I write this, Baobao is drumming loudly and quietly, learning about the correlation between how hard she hits the drum and the volume of the sound she makes.
Is your toddler or pre-schooler really interested in sound at the moment? What activities are you doing with them?