Outdoor Sound Hunt Inspired by Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. After reading the book, we went on a sound hunt.

Go On A Sound Hunt Inspired by Mr. Brown Can Moo by Dr. Seuss

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises  is full of onomatopoeia.  It’s all about the sounds Mr. Brown can make.

Go on a Sound Hunt Inspired by Dr. Seuss

This made me think about all of the sounds we hear everyday – especially sounds outside.  We prepared to go on a sound hunt.

Go On A Sound Hunt Inspired by Mr. Brown Can Moo by Dr. SeussI asked Aiden what sounds we could hear outside.  I wrote down what he said in a notebook.  He started by saying different sounds from the book – most of which we probably wouldn’t hear outside.  I wrote them down anyway.  He flipped through the book naming sounds along the way.  I kept writing.

I asked him what else he thought we might hear outside.
Me:  Could we hear a bird outside?
Aiden:  Yes!
Me:  What does a bird say?
Aiden makes a bird sound – too too doo doo {not sure what bird he’s thinking of…}
Aiden:  Hear owl outside.
Me:  What sound does an owl make?
Aiden:  Hoo

We added a few more things to our list before heading out.

Here’s our list of things and their sounds according to Aiden:

  • Duck – quack
  • Cow – moo
  • Train – choo choo all aboard
  • Thunder – boom boom boom splatt
  • Hippo chewing gum – grum grum grum
  • Rain – dibble dopp
  • Door – knock knock
  • Clock – tick tock
  • Birds – too too doo doo (bird sound)
  • Owl – hoo
  • Dogs – ruff
  • Cat – meow
  • Bee – buzz
  • Rooster – cockadoodledoo

Outside we went.  Aiden decided to travel on his horse.

Travelling by horse on the sound hunt.

We paused every so often and listened for sounds.

I recorded what we heard in our notebook.

I would say things like:
What sound do you hear?
What makes that sound?
Did you hear that sound?
I hear a plane.  What sound does a plane make?

From our list above, we heard birds, dogs, a bee, and a rooster.

Stopping by the flowers to listen to the bees.
The pink and purple pinwheel goes tick tick.
Aiden enjoyed the sounds he made stomping through the grass.

We added the following things to our list:

  • People talking
  • Music, drums, singing
  • Wind blowing through trees – swoosh
  • Car – vroom vroom
  • Leaves moving across the ground – scritch
  • Foot moving across flowers
  • Pinwheel spinning – tick tick
  • Feet stomping on the ground – stomp, stomp
  • Walking through grass – shhhh
  • Weedeater – whoom whoom
  • Tool falling on the ground – clang
  • Plane – nyarem
  • Water spray – swish, psshhh

We had so much fun listening for sounds on our walk today.

What sounds will you hear on your Dr. Seuss inspired sound hunt?

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This post was first published on May 8, 2012. Aiden was 2 years old.


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