The infant classroom has been using big pieces of white or brown paper, often with water and various dye methods, during our paper studio and in the classroom. Follow this video link to see how our paper behaves when we take it for a walk: Paper in the Park
Children in our young toddler classroom are mostly 18 to 24 months old. What do they hear when they really listen closely to the sounds the inside and outside of our school building?
A mystery sound! All locked up.
Toddlers are experts in exploring ways of making sound. By experimenting with the room and imitating each other they quickly discovered that their feet make different sounds on different surfaces, especially in the air! This experiment demonstrated the basic physics of sound: that sound is produced by vibrating matter, and that activators and resonators are always both present when sound waves are made audible. In this case, our feet were the activators, and the audibility of the sound depended on the unique qualities of the resonator (stage, floor, rug, air).
Children have so much to teach us through their play. I recreated the sound experiment I learned from the toddlers today in this video: Activators and Resonators on Vimeo
Enjoy!- Becca Mack