Thursday, March 28, 2013
Today we took advantage of the warm weather for a little sound mapping activity. This was a favorite one of mine when I was doing outdoor education and it was wonderful to share it with my children. With 3 kids in the home, there seems to be constant noise - sometimes a bit too much for this Mama. It was nice during this activity to have a just a few minutes of quiet with all of us together outside.
The basic idea of sound mapping is quite simple. You sit outside and listen to the sounds around you and simply jot down what you hear in the direction you hear it - thus creating a map. You can use colors, symbols or whatever you choose to represent the sounds you hear.
It took a while to hear the different sounds and to translate how to place those sounds on the map, but since there wasn't truly a 'right' way, the kids quickly filled out their map with their own symbols and ideas.