Make your own instruments and build listening skills

Can you hear that sound?
What can that sound be?
I hear a tambourine.
Listen, now, carefully.

Tyson, Logan and I have been singing this song lately as we experiement with different items in our sounds basket. We sing it to a so-mi tune. Think na-na-na-na-boo-boo. This interval between sounds seems to be easy for children to learn.

I even made this tambourine for Logan to play while we sing our song. (I was going to have Logan make it but it was way too hard!)

We’ve been listening to a lot of homemade musical instruments and trying to hear the difference in the sounds they make.
The ability to distinguish sounds will help your child as he grows into a reader.
Michelle at Beginning Reading Help has a weekly post on phonological awareness. I found this Bee Ready to Read site through her. It has many phonological awareness activities- including this list of ways to Develop Listening Activities– the first step in promoting phonological awareness.
See more posts on phonological awareness:
Developing Phonological Awareness
Developing Listening Skills through music

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  1. says

    Thanks for mentioning my blog. Ready, Set, Read is on my blog list in the side bar of Beginning Reading Help. I saw the title of this blog post and knew you were sharing a way to build phonological awareness. Love it! I’m sharing a Holiday rhyming book read by the author this Friday for Phonological Awareness Friday.

  2. says

    We love our intruments here, but don’t really have that many homemade ones. What we did do last week is pull out the cd from our old “music” classes, and the memories that flooded back! I really do think that kids need music in their lives and develop so much better in so many ways when they do.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. says

    I found you on the blog hop and am following now. Your homemade instruments look like fun. We’ve made a few and plan to do more sometime.