Play Plan : Sounds & Patterns

General Information

Prerequisites: –
Play arena: 3 broad items/boxes of different materials such as wood, steel and plastic.
3 steel glasses of similar size, preferably little longer in height, 1 steel spoon and water.

Number of players: 4

Game overview and basic rules for play:

The objective of the game is to make sound and form a pattern with these sounds by first hitting 3 different items and then hitting the glasses filled with different levels of water.
The game starts by hitting 3 items of different materials with a spoon, one by one and then forming a pattern.
In the second round replace the items with glasses filled with different levels of water and then producing sound by hitting them with a spoon. Once the children get familiar with different sounds, they would make patterns with sounds.

Play session plans:

Session 1

  • Place 3 different items on the table, in front of the child (items made up of wood, plastic, steel).
  • First, help the children understanding where these objects are on the table.
  • Once they get familiar, ask them to hit one item with a spoon/ thick stick, recognize the sound, and similarly hit all 3 items one by one.
  • Ask the children to give names to these items. For example: first item is A, second item is B, third item is C. Now, tell them to make different sounds by hitting them in different sequences such as, make a sound by hitting A then B and then C (pattern ABC , ABC) or AA , then BB and then CC( pattern AABBCC, AABBCC).
  • These are the patterns which children made, now ask each of them to make their own pattern. While one is producing the sound others can guess the pattern. Later the child can share what pattern he made.

Session 2

  • In this session, replace 3 different items with 3 steel glasses of similar size.
  • First, ask the children to hit one empty glass with a spoon and listen to the sound.
  • Then pour some water (half of the glass) in another glass, ask the children to put their fingers and check how much water is there.
  • Help the child in the beginning to hit the glass filled with water. And then compare the difference in sounds made by hitting an empty glass and a glass filled with half water.
  • Now keep all three glasses on the table, in front of the child. One empty glass, one half filled and one completely filled glass.
  • In the first turn, assist the child in knowing where these glasses are , they can also first hold the glass and then hit it with a spoon.
  • Once they get familiar, ask them to make different patterns the way they did with different items.