I've written over 50 articles about children's literature for library, preschool or home settings. I have a BA in English Lit from BYU.
Music and Movement Helps Younger Children to Participate in Preschool Teaching With All Their Senses
Using sound effects during the story hour and having children join in to make these sound effects is a wonderful way encourage participation. Children will have so much fun that they won't even realize how educational the experience is!
One way to do this is to teach the children 3 to 5 different sound effects, then use these sound effects in a story. Consider the following play-along story using different sound effects children can easily make without the aid of musical instruments:
Storyteller's Sound Effects and Props
- Picture of a bright yellow sun
- Picture of a rainbow
- Sheet of metal or aluminum foil
- Small wind chime
Children's Sound Effects
- Birds (cheep, cheep or tweet tweet)
- Gentle rain (drum your fingers on any hard surface, such as a book, or rub your fingers very close to your ear)
- Hard rain (beat your thighs faster and faster as the rain comes down)
- Wind (Blow through your mouth so that you sound like you are saying "who")
- Thunder (After I count to three, we're going to make one loud clap)
Goldilocks Sound Effects Weather Story
Enlist an assistant to lead the children in making sound effects. Tell the children to follow along with your assistant to help tell the story.
Helper: Today we're going to help tell a story about my friend Goldilocks. Some people think she's a bit of a troublemaker. How many of you know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? We're going to tell the story of why Goldilocks went into the bear's house. But I need your help. Here are the sounds you're going to help me make. When I tell you, you can follow along. First, let's practice our sounds
[Introduce each of the sounds and show children how to make them. This may take 3-5 minutes. Have children repeat the sounds back to you. They will be eager to see, hear, and participate in the story.]
Helper: Time to begin! Let's start with our bird sounds! Cheep cheep cheep!
Goldilocks: Oh what a beautiful day it is, here in Fairytale Forest! The sun is shining and the birds are singing! (Point to the sun)
Goldilocks: I think I'll go for a walk. Well, even though the sun is shining, I should probably bring my umbrella, just in case. (pick up umbrella and put it in your pocket. Pretend to go for a walk, using exaggerated movements)
Goldilocks: There are so many things to see and hear on my walk! There are some beautiful purple flowers. I think I'll smell them. (pretend to pick a flower)
Helper: Let's make some wind! (After the children have begun to participate, move the wind chime.
Goldilocks: (Raise hand to your ear) What is that sound I hear? Oooh! A wind chime! Listen to the sound it makes in the wind.
Helper: Make the wind stronger!
Goldilocks: Uh oh! That wind is getting stronger! I think a storm is brewing!
Helper: Let's make a soft rain
Goldilocks: Do you hear that? It's starting to rain! I better open my umbrella! (open the umbrella)
Goldilocks: Ohhh! That wind is so strong, it's starting to blow my umbrella! (pretend the wind is pulling the umbrella. Tussle with the umbrella dramatically.)
Helper: Let's make it rain harder! (pat your thighs loudly)
Goldilocks: Ohhhh! That rain is really coming down! I hope it doesn't lightning! I'm afraid of lightning!
Helper: (Shake the foil or metal sheet) Now let's make some thunder. On the count of three! 1-2-3 CLAP!
Goldilocks: Jump and act surprised. Ohh! That was so loud! I better find somewhere to wait out this storm. Look--over in the clearing! There's a little house. I'll just knock on the door and see if I can come inside.
(You can stop here, or you can lead in to the Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story. Or you can begin reading a version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.)
© 2008 Carolyn Augustine