Here are some clever ways your kids can make their own sound productions and recordings using blank audio cassettes and a tape recorder.
- Kids are born collectors. If you've already observed their inclination to hoard sticks, rocks and shells, they'll no doubt have fun collecting the sounds around them, too. Record the neighbor's barking dog, an airplane overhead, the newspaper landing on the front porch, the squeaking garage door, birds in a tree, friends skating by, etc. Rewind the tape, and play it back to the family, pressing the pause button in between sounds. Try to guess the sounds.Preschoolers will enjoy indoor sounds too, which are generally easier to identify, such as the telephone ringing, a door closing, the microwave oven beeping, the toilet flushing, etc.
- Record voices of family and friends laughing. Try to record each person separately. Enjoy more laughs when you rewind and play the cassette and try to identify the laughs. (This is a great activity at a birthday or slumber party.)
- If you are practicing a musical instrument and the lesson calls for learning both parts to a duet, record one part. Play it back as you play the second part "live."
For a real bash, have someone play and record a piece on the piano, then accompany it with a trumpet, flute, drums, etc.
- Record your preschooler singing favorite songs with you, or reciting rhymes and made-up jingles. Include in your repertoire recitations of your address, phone number and other valuable information you want your child to memorize. Play the original cassette in the car or during indoor playtime.