A perfect book for making sound effects is We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen about a family that goes looking for a bear. They travel through a field of grass, a river, mud, a snowstorm, a forest, and finally end up in a cave where they actually find a bear! Then they run out of the cave and do everything in reverse order.
I set out some objects: jello in a sealed container, an empty bottle, a pot and spoon, a water bottle with a small amount of water, and a broom.
Here's what we did (though of course kids can come up with their own):
- For the grass "swishy swashy": they ran the broom along the floor.
- For the river "splash splosh": they shook their water bottles.
- For the mud "squelch squerch": they shook the container of jello.
- For the forest "stumble trip": they banged the pot with their spoons.
- For the snowstorm "hoooo woooo!": they blew into the top of an empty bottle.
- For the cave "tiptoe tiptoe": they banged the pot softly with their spoons.
The sound effects team in action:
This is a nice book to use with this activity because kids get to do the sound effects twice - on the trip to find the bear and then again while the family is running home.
Some other We're Going on a Bear Hunt activities you might enjoy:
Bear hunt sensory tub and more from Delightful Learning
Bear hunt story board from Rockabye Butterfly
Printable pack from Homeschool Creations
Have you done sound effects with a book? Do you have suggestions for others that would work well?