We were thinking about loud and quiet noises today, so we went out for a listening walk.
We took the tape recorder with us so we could listen to the sounds when we came back and the children suggested what to record.
We heard so many noises - obvious ones like cars, a motorbike, a dog barking, birds singing and ones we don't listen to or notice very often like a long goods train going over the bridge (lucky that one!), a van beeping as it reversed, ducks quacking, children laughing, our footsteps through some puddles of water etc...
When we came back, we listened to the noises on the recorder again, tried to remember what they were and thought about whether they were loud or quiet. We read 'Quiet, Loud' by Leslie Patricelli and got the instruments out to experiment with different sounds.
It was a great activity and one which all the children enjoyed ... hopefully they did a lot of learning while having fun and experimenting with technology!