Sound by Peter Riley
How does it work? This book explores frequencies, pitch, and volume including how sound travels, the anatomy of an ear, and what makes an echo. Readers are encouraged to follow the examples and engage in scientific exploration.
What’s that sound; classifying sounds ; loud, quiet, long, short, high pitch, low pitch
How is sound made; stretch a rubber band around a plastic box and pluck it with your finger
Seeing sounds: use a rope tied to a door handle to see the waves when you shake it.
Sounds near and far
Loud sounds, quiet sounds: the decibel scale
Pitch: slow and quick vibrations, low and high frequency
Rubber bands and strings
Speed of sound
Sounds in solids and liquids; table test, balloon test
Sound by Darlene Lauw
- Sound energy – wrap plastic over speakers and watch sand jump
- Transmission of sound, ear on the table, spy telephone (cup with string)
- The speed of sound
- Hearing sound artificial ear experiment with paper plate and cup
- Playing with sound waves – collecting them with an umbrella, reflecting sound waves cardboard tubes
- Qualities of sound
- Fun with music – make a panpipe with 10 straws
Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound by Michael DiSpezio, illustrated by Catherine Leary
Investigates the different sounds of a vibrating ruler, producing sound with a blade of grass, and a variety of experiments with straws.
Sounds All Around by Wendy Pfeffer, illustrated by Holly Keller.
Easy to understand nonfiction book that preschoolers will enjoy. Sound activities included at the end of the book such as making a guitar out of tissue box and rubber bands, musical glasses and the sounds matching game.
Big Book of Building by Marne Ventura includes instructions for a Groovy Guitar made with cardboard, rubber bands and other recycled items. The book also gives instructions on how to make Hot Beats Bongo Drums from oatmeal containers and duct tape.
The Science of Sound: Projects and Experiments with Music and Sound Waves by Steve Parker
Includes these topics: What is sound? — Sounds underwater — Quiet…or…LOUD! — High or low — Hearing sounds — Where’s that sound? — Speed of sound — Bouncing sound — Making sounds — Soaking up sound — Sound along a line — Recorded sound — Sound history.
Light, sound, and waves science fair projects : using sunglasses, guitars, CDs, and other stuff by Robert Gardner
Why can dogs hear sounds that humans cannot? Why does a flame give off light? How does a mirror work? In this book of experiments, readers learn how to explore the world of light and sound, with additional ideas for science fair projects.
Sound and light by Jack Challoner
White light and color, recording sound and light, and the light-bending properties of mirrors, prisms, and lenses are all explored in 40 hands-on, fascinating experiments.
Sound activities for preschoolers:
Water whistles with straws
Underwater sound experiment for kids
Bowls with plastic wrap vibration experiment with sugar:
Exploring sound with a hanger and string
Easy music science ideas