PEEP Family Science: Sounds

Parents and children listen to and identify sounds that make up their everyday world, indoors and outdoors. Together, they’ll explore and compare loud, soft, high, and low sounds, experiment with their voices, create their own musical instruments, and record and test the sounds they make.

Download the App

Download the App

This PEEP Family Science app features four weeks on the science of sounds. It includes:

  • Videos of animated stories from the TV show PEEP and the Big Wide World
  • Live-action videos featuring real children
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Parent videos, which model how to do the activities

Instructions

If you need help downloading the app to your phone or tablet:

  • We recommend you download the app over Wi-Fi if you don’t want to use your phone’s data plan. 
  • Home visiting organizations may want to supply parents with Wi-Fi or suggest places where they can get free access.
  • Once the app is downloaded, it works completely offline: you won’t need your phone’s data plan or the Internet to use the app!
For Educators

For Educators

The Educator Guide covers everything you need to support and encourage parents as they explore sounds with their children. It walks you step-by-step through each week of the PEEP Family Science app.

For educators who want more background on the PEEP approach to preschool science, you can find sections on the PEEP parent strategies, problem-solving tips, and using educational media with children.


 
 

Weekly Printouts for Sounds

To explore sounds, all parents need is the PEEP Family Science app. However, in case parents want to refer to a printout rather than the app while doing the activity, here are the printouts of all the activities that are in the app.

Sounds Week 1: Sounds Around Us

Explore the sounds we hear, indoors and outdoors.


 

Sounds Week 2: Loud and Soft

Explore loud and soft sounds.


 

Sounds Week 3: Listen and Sing

Explore the sounds your voice can make.


 

Sounds Week 4: Making Music

Use music and instruments to explore sound.

Videos

Videos

Educator Video

This video outlines the critical role educators play in supporting and encouraging parents doing PEEP Family Science. Educators can watch the video on their own, or their organizations may want to feature it during a staff meeting or orientation.

Educator Video: Getting Started (6:15)

Watch a home educator introduce the PEEP Family Science app to a mom; model a science activity; discuss the PEEP parent strategies; and help build the mom’s confidence in doing science with her child.

Parent Videos

Parents will find these videos in the app at the beginning of Week 1 and Week 3. Watching them is a great way to get started with that week’s activities. If educators have the time, we recommend they watch and discuss the videos together with parents. To enhance the viewing experience, there are video-viewing questions in the Educator Guide.

Sounds Week 1 (5:14)

Watch a mom and her daughter explore sounds, indoors and outdoors.

Sounds Week 3 (4:36)

Watch a mom and her daughter experiment with their voices, singing high, low, soft and loud.

Peep Videos

Week 1

Give Me a Call

Quack tries to track down a mysterious noise.

Week 2

Sounds Like…

Chirp is looking for a quiet place to sing a song. But there are loud noises everywhere!

Week 3

Hear Here

Quack wants to give a concert so everyone can hear his magnificent voice.

Week 4

Chirp, Chirp, Tweet, Tweet, Chirp

Chirp has an amazing ability to listen.

Sizes and Sounds

Kids make instruments and notice the different sounds they make.
Games

Games

Some PEEP games can be played online (requires Wi-Fi); others can be downloaded as apps. If parents have room on their phones for additional apps, encourage them to download these free PEEP games on sounds, which are closely related to the science activities families will be doing. The games can be found in the app store along with the PEEP Family Science apps. High-quality educational games are a great way to increase children’s learning (but parents should limit their young children’s overall screen time to an hour a day).

Where’s Quack?

Quack plays Hide and Seek. Can you figure out where he’s hiding by the way his voice sounds?

Hum Along!

Explore high and low sounds. Make your own music and watch the characters dance!

Sounds Like Fun!

Make music with the animals who live in the big, wide world.
Parent Handouts

Parent Handouts

Recommended Books and Online Games about Sounds

Books and online educational games are a great way for children to explore sounds. This handout lists recommended books and PEEP online games about sounds and includes guidelines for reading together and using online media.

The Parent Strategies

Throughout the app and the videos, PEEP encourages parents to use three strategies to help get their children excited by science: Play and Explore, Ask Questions and Talk about Ideas, and Explore More! Distribute this handout to remind parents of the strategies. They’re not only useful for doing PEEP but help with many other family interactions.

For Site Coordinators

For Program Site Coordinators

This brief guide offers a quick rundown of all the PEEP Family Science resources and can help organizations put together a meeting or orientation session for educators and other staff members.