Outdoor Activities for Kids: Go on a Sound Walk (with free printable)

Looking for a fun outdoor activity for kids? Head outside and take a sound walk! Print out our free printable sound walk and listen for all kinds of sounds outside!

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Looking for more quality outdoor activities for your children? I am always on the lookout, and today I didn’t have to look very far for an idea. My kids were at a playdate (at the home of one of the awesome moms in my babysitting co-op) where they took part in a sound walk! Doesn’t that sound fun? Lucy couldn’t stop talking about it!


Recording a sound she heard on her recording sheet

Not only is a sound walk entertaining, but it also allows children to become more aware of the world around them and heighten their sensory awareness- so they are learning and developing as they play!


This is the look of someone listening intently…..

A sound walk is easy to do! Grab a pencil and paper and go outside to record all the sounds you can hear. (I’ve included a free printable you can print out and use for your walk.) So head outside and let the fun and excitement begin!

This is the closest I could get to getting a photo of both kids on the sound walk. Theo is just always in motion!

This is the closest I could get to getting a photo of both kids on the sound walk. Theo is just always in motion!


What do you hear? (Free Printable)

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  1. I love how you left so of the areas blank. This hunt looks like a lot of fun.

    • Thank you! It’s fun to see observe what sounds the kids pick up on during the walk. Lucy ended up needing more space than just the extra areas on the front!

  2. I love this sort of thing! Pinning it! Have you read the book “Listening Walk” by Paul Showers? It goes so well with your activity.

  3. What a great idea! Thank you so much for the printable too!

    Holly at Not Done Growing

  4. What a great idea!
    This will keep my toddler engaged while his brother and sisters are riding their bikes… actually I think everyone will love it!

  5. Oh what a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing on We Made That!

  6. What a wonderful idea!! I love it! We will definitely be doing this one! Thank you for sharing on Sharing Saturday!

  7. Oh my kids, would love this! I’ll have to try it on one of our nature studies.

  8. What a fun idea, Chelsey! Thanks for generously sharing your printable. I’m so glad you shared your post at the Parent/Teacher Preparation Days at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page. I featured your post as the Free Printable of the Day there and on Pinterest.

  9. Debbie @ http://kidsbibledebjackson.blogspot.com/ says:

    Very cute idea! Pinned it!

  10. That is a great printable. I’ve done the same kind of thing with my kids when I taught on trips but, it was stuff they would see like stop signs and buildings etc.I would sometimes also put in amounts…like how many _ did you see

    • What a great idea! I love how you sometimes added in the counting aspect!Thank you so much for sharing this~ you’ve inspired me and many others!

  11. Sound walk? I have never heard about this outdoor activity! My daughter will definitely like it!


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