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Sound Games

Sound Games

Ages: 3+

Grab a partner and make some music! Gather some objects from your home  – anything from kitchen tools to office supplies – and explore the sounds they can make.

This STEAM@Home activity was created by the MIT Edgerton Center - watch the video below for inspiration!


Gather some objects from your home – anything from kitchen tools to office supplies – to explore the sounds they can make.

Suggested objects

  • A wooden spoon
  • A comb
  • A cardboard box
  • A rubber band
  • A metal pot
  • A plastic container
  • A wire-bound notebook
  • A pen

Think up some other objects to try out!


Watch the video below from MIT Edgerton Center for Sound Games inspiration! Then follow these steps:

  1. Taking turns, a player chooses an object from the pile and uses it to make a sound.
  2. A chooser chooses an object and gives it to a player.
    That player must use the object to make as many sounds as possible.
    If you’re playing for points, you can get a point for each new sound.
  3. After the player has made all the sounds they can think of with that object,
    challenge the chooser to think of a new way to play that object - if the chooser succeeds,
    they get a point for each new sound they make.
  4. The player becomes the chooser and gives the object to another person.

This activity supports the practice of these STEAM Habits of Mind: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore.

Tips for Supporting Your Children's Learning

Get your child actively involved in their own learning and have their questions drive their learning. Let them observe and figure it out, and try to hold back from answering questions for them. Instead, try to ask: What do we know? What else can we find out? How might we figure that out? Don't be afraid to ask your child questions. Also, don't be afraid to say, "I don't know--let's find out together!" as a way to respond to their questions.

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