Part 4: Sound Hunt
Resiliency is a crucial life skill that helps children manage their emotions, take on new challenges, and quickly bounce back from setbacks. Through times of stress and uncertainty, resiliency is essential. Caregivers can help foster resiliency in children through experiences that reduce stress and anxiety and promote play!
This week’s resiliency building activity is a Sound Hunt!
On the Hunt
Sound hunts are an excellent outdoor activity for children of all ages. They help children slow down, engage their senses, and tune in to their natural surroundings. Spending time outdoors with the specific purpose of listening is not only fun, but it helps build focus, heighten awareness, and develop perception skills.
Your family can take part in a sound hunt anywhere, in any weather! A quiet spot in the woods, a busy park space, and a bustling city sidewalk all make great sound hunt destinations. Even a rainy day can provide a rich environment for sound hunting.
When you’re out on your sound hunt, be mindful of your surroundings. Practice being still, present, and mindful. Try differentiating and identifying sounds you hear. Can you hear leaves, wind, or water? What about noise created by animals, humans, or vehicles? Can you name the birds or insects you hear? Make special note of any sounds you can’t identify or wouldn’t normally have noticed.
The open-ended nature of this activity allows for individual interest to shape the experience. Children can focus on the sounds that interest them and let their curiosity guide them along their walk.
Sound Hunting Tips
Get Talking. Before you go on your sound hunt, ask your children what some of their favourite sounds are. Make a list of sounds you think you might find and be prepared to be surprised!
Document and Share Your Findings. While on the hunt, use a digital device or pencil and paper to record what sounds you find. List what you think these sounds might be or use your recordings to do research later.
Make Some Noise. Children also have the power to make interesting sounds. A sound hunt can create the opportunity to get noisy in a fun and creative way.
Nature and Resiliency
In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it is easy to miss small and interesting details in the world around us. Taking time to stop and listen with intention helps children immerse themselves in their surroundings. Not only can this help develop listening skills and sensory awareness, but it also fosters a sense of belonging. It allows children to build a connection to their world, environment, and neighbourhood.
Sound hunting can help children reduce stress by improving their ability to listen, to focus, and to be mindful in a playful way. Documenting your children’s sound hunt findings validates their experience and promotes feelings of competence and self-confidence, both of which are protective factors that strengthen resiliency.
Jessie Collins, OCT
Education Specialist, London Children’s Museum
Teacher Candidate and AFE Placement Student, Western University