Play and exploration are how a child learns. Having adventures in sound and music is a joy to add to the mix. Sometimes books can be used to aid the process.

Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!: A Sonic Adventure by Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers is a wonderful book  creating awareness of the music found in and around us. The rhythmic nature of the book adds to the fun in sharing this book with a child.

Use this book as a jumping off point to creating a sound and rhythm adventure with a child. They can be a way for a child to join in this month’s #Cre8tiveSpark challenge. Here are a few ideas to get the creative fires going.

  • Ask a child to name things that make sounds in a room of the house. Have the child recreate the sound. Place them into this variation of “Riddle, Riddle, Riddle Ree”.

Riddle, riddle, riddle ree. That (insert item) sounds like me! (Make the sound 4 times.)

  • Use a rhythmic background for reading the book from a source such as Free Jam Tracks. Have the child tell you their favorite for the book.
  • Create a pattern of pats, claps, stomps, etc. to use as a background for reading.
  • Gather metal bowls of various sizes. Place them in a bathtub or wading pool filled with water. Place a small amount of water in the bowls. Gently strike the side of the bowls with a spoon to create a melody and rhythm. Explore which bowl has the highest and lowest pitch.

Share your ideas for a child’s adventures in sound and music in the comments below.