Explore and Play: Online Game, Sounds Like Fun

Make beautiful music together with the animals from the Big Wide World.

Materials

Sounds Like Fun!

This game encourages kids to explore music. It allows them to mix and match sounds as they click on characters that represent different musical rhythms.

Key Science Concepts

  • Different objects make different sounds.
  • Sounds can vary in volume (loud and soft), and pitch (high and low).
  • Sounds have a source—a sound can be tracked to its source.

Directions

Tell children that in this game, animals make some wonderful music together—and they'll help them. Demonstrate how to play. Click on any animal to get started. Click on any animal again to make them stop. Have each child try it. As children play, ask:

  • Which sounds do you like the best? Why do you like the sound? Which ones are the funniest? Why do you find them funny? (Encourage children to think about pitch, volume, and rhythm.)
  • Which sounds are high? What about low?
  • Can you make it so just two animals make music? What does that sound like? Do you like it when lots of animals are making music, or just a few? Why do you like lots of/few sounds?
  • Can you hear any rhythms? Do the animals make the same or different rhythms?

Tell children that the game will be available in the Technology Center and they’ll have many more opportunities to play.