Although trains are my sons most favorite thing, he is not a fan of the noise. In general he doesn't love loud noises and has to process about them a lot before he is okay with them. This is no different with trains and we have had many long conversations about the various loud noises that trains and other forms of transportation make, which is ultimately where my idea of taking our toddlers on a Listening Walk came from for this week. This is a fun snack making activity that helps develop self help and gross motor skills, but is also an opportunity to explore sound.
Have your ingredients out and ready, along with measuring scoops and a big tuperware.
Have your child use a measuring cup to scoop the ingredients into a Tupperware. When they are happy with the contents, help them secure the top of the Tuperware. Then encourage your child to shake the cereal. Our toddlers each took several turns. We have a little turn taking song that we sing together that helps them wait for their next turn. They loved the sound the cereal made when you shook it. We also tried shaking loudly and softly, fast and slow.
Large Tupperware with a lid
Bowls (for eating and to hold ingredients)
Scoops (I usually use Cups from our measuring set)
Variety of cereal. (We used chex and cheerios)
Other snack ingredients you desire - chocolate chips, coconut, nuts, raisins, sesame seeds
*Note: Choose ingredients that your child can safely eat.
Questions for you: how does your toddler feel about loud noises? how have you discussed this with them? do you have any tips for helping little ones deal with a fear of loud noises?
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