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 by providing 2 white paper cups per child. They decorate with markers, crayons, stickers, etc. Place some dried beans in the cup and seal the 2 open ends of the cups together using clear duck tape or packing tape.
Make Tambourines by providing 2 white paper plates. The children decorate with paint, stamps, crayons, stickers--your choice! Add some dried beans in one plate and staple the plate together around the edges. You could also, after stapling, use a hole punch to make a few holes around the edges and have the children string ribbon into the holes. Tie the ribbons in each hole (add a jingle bell to each ribbon if you have them).
Make Drums by providing each child with a large coffee can (with edge taped) or with plastic one gallon ice cream tubs (many Ice Cream Parlors/shops will donate these to schools). Decorate with permanant markers and stickers!
Crumpled Paper Painting
Provide LOTS Of newspaper and shallow trays of paint and paper.
The children crumple a piece of paper and then dip it into the paint and use that to paint with (like sponge painting!).
Jingle Bell Painting
Provide a shallow tray, white paper and different colors of paint. You will also need a marker and some large jingle bells!
Have the child print their name on a piece of white paper. Place the paper in the shallow tray.
Drop a few spoonfuls of paint of different colors on different parts of the paper (PLEASE--let the children help with this--it's their art work, let them be part of the entire process!).
The child drops a few large jingle bells into the box and shakes the box back and forth to make the bells move through the paint.
I have found that watering down the paint first works better. The bells tend to get stuck in the regular thickness of paint.
If you don't have jingle bells, use marbles, or rocks, or toy cars!!
Pick up or ask for donations of PVC pipe pieces (especially the elbow shapes!). The children can use them as telephones (the vibrations when talking into them are great!) or they can use trucks to move them within your block area and be noisy construction workers!
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!
This is a great book by Hiawyn Oram and Satoshi Kitamura. Read this book with a twist: Make a storm at the appropriate parts.
You will need 2 metal pan covers to use as cymbals and a flashlight!
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?
Designate one day as a "NOISY" show and tell day! They bring in something from home that makes noise! It might be a musical instrument or a pan and spoon or a quiet music box!
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!
What Makes This Sound?
Have a divider (I used a large box). Face the box with the opening toward you and placed so that none of the children at circle can see in the box.
Place many classroom items in the box in advance. I used: a stapler, 2 metal spoons, an egg timer, a musical instrument, 2 blocks, etc.)
One at a time, use the item while it is still in the box and ask the children to take guesses as to what they think it is.
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.
Of course! Purchase a plastic bowling set or make your own by using 1 or 2 liter bottles and a ball from your classroom!
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
I know I have this activity in many, many themes......but it is such a great activity that promotes so many skills: math while measuring, following directions, taking turns, muscle development while measuring mixing and manipulating and so much more!
Make your own playdough or used store purchased playdough. Provide wooden or plastic hammers for the children to pound their playdough!!
Okay, I know...this game is for ages 7 and over. However, DON'T SHOW THEM HOW TO PLAY IT! Just let them have fun using the pieces and the popper in the middle is very cool sounding! Limit this game to 2 children at a time!
Again, 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!!
Air Ping Pong
Materials needed: Empty and cleaned dish detergent bottle, ping pong balls and bowls.
The children use the detergent bottles to squeeze air out of to move the ping pong balls across the table and into the bowl that is on the floor at the edge!
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!
Make a Storm
Again, use the parachute to talk and act out a storm!(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.
This is a SUPERVISED science activity. You don't need to formally lead it, but you do need to supervise it!
Provide 5 or 6 glass drinking classes (yes, glass--but make sure they are thick and can handle being hit with a spoon!), metal spoons and a pitcher of water.
Let the children pour some water in each glass and see the difference in sound when they tap each glass. Is it different with more water? Less water? Can they play a song?
NOTE: It would probably be a good idea to introduce this activity at circle time first!
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!
Have a parade with musical instruments...inside and outside!