This Noisy -Crash Bang Boom Theme comes from my files from years ago. Our lead teacher at that time challenged us to come up with themes that were unique, creative and based on what the children in our class seemed to be interested in. We developed several themes and this is one of them!
While looking through my notes, I am seeing a reference to a book, so in fair disclosure, please know that the name of this theme and some of the activities come from the book ThemeStorming by Joni Becker. The children, as most preschoolers, were fascinated with the sounds they could make--at circle time, walking on the floor (think squeaky sneakers!), tapping their hands on the table at snack time, etc.! That is where this theme originated from!
This theme could also be partnered with a Five Senses Theme when discussing the sense of hearing. This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
Let the Noisy Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
There are so many instruments you can make! Make one each day or have several options available throughout the week! Make Maracas with paper cups, Tambourines with paper plates and drums with coffee cans, oatmeal containers or ice cream tubs!
Paint to Music
Play some upbeat music for the children to paint by! Encourage them to paint to the beat!
Ramp it Up!
Encouarge children to create tall ramps for their cars and trucks to go down. Do they go faster or get louder as they pick up speed?
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Materials needed: water, metal cookie sheet, bowls, pipette/eye dropper, a rain stick
Talk to the children about the noise/sound that water makes. Encourage them to make the noise:
What does the ocean sound like?
What does water sound like when it is running in the sink?
What does the rain sound like when it falls on the ground?
Then, experiment with water. Try dropping it drop by drop on a metal cookie sheet. Pour it from a high distance into a plastic bowl and then into a metal bowl. Try other ways to make water noise!
Introduce the children to a rain stick (they can be found at Teacher supply or Science stores or you can make one by poking craft sticks into a paper towel tube, adding rice and then covering the ends with duck tape...be sure to tape a piece of paper on the sticky side of the tape inside the tube or the rice will stick to it and not move through the tube!)
EXTENSION: Have paper towel tubes, markers, stickers, craft sticks and rice available at the art table for the children to make their own rain sticks!
Use your classroom instruments to discuss noisy and quiet sounds!
Let each child choose an instrument. Let them just play for a few minutes (this will save you much frustration--many teachers hand children an instrument and then say, "Now, don't use it until I say."...well, we all know how that will go! Just give them some free time! Prep this by telling them that they are each going to choose an instrument. They can use them for a few minutes, but when you raise your hand, they need to freeze!)
Once they have had a few minutes to explore them freely, ask them how to use their instruments LOUDLY. How can you use them QUIETLY?
This will take some planning, but is so worth it!
Prior to this theme, or during the week, record each child's voice saying something---have them each say the same thing. Perhaps, "HI! Can you guess who I am?"
At the end of the week, play the recordings (pausing between each one) and allow the children to guess who it is that sounds like that!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Use your favorite recipe to mix up in the blender!!
Let the children help put the ingredients in!
One recipe for you:
Fill blender 2/3 full with frozen yogurt, add a few splashes of juice and blend!
Sounds At Work
Create an office using tables, chairs, notebooks, paper, crayons. Provide keyboards, old typewriters if you can find some, adding machines, walkie talkies, play telephones, etc.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Trees!
Provide pre-drawn trees and blank paper (for those children who want to paint their own tree shapes!)
Encourage them to make as many letters as they can on their trees.
This is messy, noisy and fun! Better for outside!!!
Clip large paper on a fence.
Provide children with a fly swatter.
They dip it into shallow trays of paint and swat the paper! It looks great!
If you don't want to deal with this messy of an activity do this:
Provide shallow trays of water and fly swatters.
The children dip the swatters in the water, and then swat the ground to make great water designs.
Remember that preschoolers do not have accurate judgement when determining if they are too close to another person and sometimes are not focusing on others---and this means???...SEPARATE THEM FOR THIS ACTIVITY!
I drew boxes with chalk on the ground and assigned each child their own box to swat in to avoid hitting others by accident!
Books on CD or Tape!
Provide audio books this week. Because of the nature of this theme, you will need headsets for the children to use while listening to their books! You may want to introduce the audio books at circle time so that they know what the "turn the page" sound is for! There are so many to choose from I can not possibly list them all! However, the link below will bring you to a "Preschool Audio Book" list from Amazon....I could go broke on that page! ;)
Here are Some Book Suggestions for the Library:Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura
Don't worry about the children getting 4 in a row with this game. I LOVE this game for preschool (as long as the 4 in a row is not the expectation!). The children will come up with their own patterns and designs. They will count. They will share the pieces. They might decide to try and get 3 in a row. And, when they are done and release the chips...nice and noisy!!
You can purchase these at a teacher store or make your own.
To make your own, find small containers with covers that the children can not see through.
Fill each with a different item (suggestions: beans, rice, paper clips, bouncy balls).
The children shake them and describe: noisy, quiet, hard items, soft? They also try to guess what is in each one.
EXTENSION: I like to give them a few days to use these and then add a duplicate set after a few days. The challenge now is to try to match the jars/bowls by sound, not by looking!
Blow Your Top
Use a parachute for all kinds of noise/quiet games! For Blow Your Top, tell a story about a volcano..It's was quiet, sleeping but started quietly bubbling..up and up and up...then the lava started coming out more and more.....you get the idea!
EXTENSION: Perhaps make a volcano out of playdough. Add baking soda to the middle. Mix a little dish detergent with the vinegar and then pour it in the whole. They will make a great connection to this parachute game if you have already erupted a volcano with them!(This is a great follow up to the Angry Arthur book!).
Provide seashells and scoops to your sand table. Also, provide a few water wheels. They make a very soothing sounds when the sand is spinning in them!
Shake An Egg
Provide plastic eggs and small items to go inside.
Let the children experiment with which items make noisy sounds and which make quiet sounds.
Items to have available to put in the eggs: dice, pom poms, paper clips, rocks, small sea shells, etc.
Make a few tornado bottles for the children to watch and listen to.
I make them with 1 liter plastic bottle rather than 2 liter bottles as the children have a difficult time holding and moving the larger ones.
Fill one bottle 3/4 full with colored water (make several of different colors!). Screw on the tornado tube connector and then screw on an empty bottle.
Provide Ocean Wave bottles and different sized sea shells.
The children can listen to the air that goes through the sea shells. Which is louder? Quieter?
To make the ocean wave bottles, fill a 2 liter plastic bottle with 2 parts water and 1 part mineral or vegetable oil. Add food coloring. You could also add small plastic fish. Cover.
Gently move one side up and then down (while holding it horizontally) to create a wave effect in the bottle.
If you can't find any--just ask them to BE squiggly writers! Tell them to draw to the beat of the music..have different tempos of music playing that changes every 15 seconds or so!
What's That Noise?
While outside, bring attention to the loud noises you might hear! A tractor trailer going by, an airplane, birds!