Based in San Francisco, is an early childhood education blog by Tiva Lee Samaru & Randa Atkins. Their posts explore; through videos and other resources - original early childhood education curricula and ideas for enrichment classes, as well as, tips and tricks for classroom management and general childcare.



There is sound all around us. Everyday sounds. Sounds of a car driving by or a barking dog, birds chirping or people talking. Sounds are a part of our everyday life.

There are many things around that make sound and there are many ways we can describe the sounds we hear and make. For instance, we may say a car goes "vroom", or a dog barks "woof woof", a cat goes "purr" or the rain falls with a "pitter and a patter". These words help us identify sounds and the differences of those sounds as well. 

These words are called Onomatopoeias and we are exposed to them from a young age. Popular children's rhymes and songs like "The Wheels on the Bus" and " Old McDonald" are littered with these words.

They are great teaching tools and a necessary part of language.

They are descriptive and informative words that can help us identify, describe and categorize sound.

With our current rain theme, it was easy for us to find rain onomatopoeias. There are so many. For this activity, we decided to select a few of these words, add a little melodic structure to them and create a little onomatopoeia song. We then added two takeout container lids to the mix and came up with a fun, rhythmic, language building music activity.

How did it go?

It was tons of fun! Our students loved it. They were thrilled about using takeout container lids as musical instruments and quickly picked up the phrasing structure of the activity while excitedly singing the onomatopoeia song! The lids also, in a way, embodied the sound of the rain and so they were the perfect "instrument" choice. The success of this activity also enabled us the opportunity to digress into other ways of playing our new musical instrument. Additionally, the repetitive nature of this activity also boosted the language building aspect of this activity.

Some suggestions we have to make this activity a bit more difficult would be to play around with the speed of the activity or maybe even have your students try the activity with their eyes closed!

Take a look!

If you are looking for a successful and unique rain themed, language building, music activity then watch our video! You will be able to see and learn the structure and components of the activity.

Sound It Out,

Tiva & Randa

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