Sound Collection


Today we will be exploring sound, and we will fill out a sound collection chart as we go on a hunt for sounds both inside the house and out in the backyard. We also go to a park and a pet store to collect even more sounds!

What is sound?

Sound is made up of vibrations that travel through the air that can be heard when they reach a person’s ear. There are such a wide variety of sounds around us, so we captured 15 sounds on video:

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We printed out the sound collection chart from Christian Kids Explore Physics by Bright Ideas Press, and we clipped it to a clipboard. Then we explored the world around us, trying to find different sounds. These are the interesting sounds we found:

  1. lawn mower
  2. garbage truck
  3. clothes dryer
  4. shower
  5. car engine
  6. cat meow
  7. birds chirping
  8. river
  9. traffic
  10. airplane
  11. cutting watermelon
  12. creaky door
  13. tapping pencil
  14. ice-cream truck
  15. oven beeping


The kids tried to find interesting sounds that were different from each other. After filming all the sounds in our backyard, we went to an arboretum to see if we could find more sounds from nature. But we ended up hearing the traffic next to the arboretum and an airplane flying overhead.

My husband drove us to a pet store because I kept telling him we needed more animal sounds. For people who live in a city, this is a good way to capture those animal sounds. A cat looked straight at me and meowed. Birds chirped like crazy in their cages. Each pet store is unique, and you will find plenty of sounds there.


The man driving the garbage truck probably wondered why I was filming him from the front door. As you can see in the video, he gave a friendly wave! I didn’t even notice until I was editing the video!

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12 Responses to “Sound Collection”

  1. Sharon says:

    Interesting post! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Shayla says:

    You have the best idea’s, everytime I come to your blog I’m inspired! My kids would love this sound activity.

  3. Celeste says:

    This looks like such a fun way to learn about sound!

  4. Charlene says:

    This is such a clever way to learn about sounds! Great idea!

  5. What a great idea to keep them learning and exploring. We did this the other day while we were out (keeping a safe distance from everyone, of course). We were out hiking the trails at the park and we were exploring the sounds that we could hear off in the distance. We heard birds chirping, animals scurrying, trains, planes, etc. It was a fun experience to learn and explore. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was the chart, but it was still a fun time.

  6. We just did a lesson with Scholastic about sound! We had to identify sounds in our home and outside. Great post!

    • Susan says:

      That’s great! When kids fine-tune their hearing to identify sounds, it can be a good learning experience, especially when they first find out that sound is made up of vibrations in the air.

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