When walking in the forest, you can hear so many different sounds! Today children will learn about the sounds of the most common forest mammals.
cell phone or computer
MP3 file with animal sounds
illustrations of animals (choose a picture of a hedgehog, squirrel, wolf, bison, bat, deer and fox from attachment 1.2)
Course of the task
The teacher introduces the children to the topic: Polish forests are home to a wide variety of animal species. There are small insects such as ants, butterflies and wild bees. There are reptiles such as lizards, snakes and mud turtles. You can hear birds such as woodpeckers, cuckoos, thrushes, and the most familiar and largest of the forest animals – mammals such as bears, moose and wolves. The teacher can tell in his own words the most important information about the animals. Then he informs the children that since they already know which animals live in Polish forests, now it’s time to see if, based on the sound, the children will be able to recognize them. Toddlers should strain their hearing and try to guess what animal they hear. If they can, let them point it out in the picture. One by one, the teacher plays the sounds from the MP3 file and guides the children to the correct answer.
If the group is playing in the woods, the exercise can be continued by encouraging children to make other sounds using nature’s gifts. For example, beech leaves folded together can be used. They are played by blowing on them, into the gap created between them. This is known as leafing or micoting.
This post was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.