STEAM@Home: Sound Games, Make Some Noise

By Cambridge STEAM Initiative and MIT Edgerton Center

Grab a partner and join MIT Edgerton Center to make some music! Gather some objects from your home – anything from kitchen tools to office supplies – and explore the sounds they can make.

image of household items as percussion instruments
This is an ongoing program.

Ages: 3 to Adult.

Grades Preschool through 12th grade.


Sharlene Yang
Director, Cambridge STEAM Initiative
Barb MacEachern
Program Quality Manager, Cambridge STEAM Initiative

No application or registration needed.



The program serves people at their homes or wherever it is needed or online.

  • Only virtual (online or over the phone).

At home!

Additional information

All ages can play! 

Suggested objects:

  • A wooden spoon
  • A comb
  • A cardboard box
  • A rubber band
  • A metal pot
  • A plastic container
  • A wire-bound notebook
  • A pen
  • Think up some other objects to try out!


  1. Taking turns, a player chooses an object from the pile and uses it to make a sound.
  2. A chooser chooses an object and gives it to a player. That player must use the object to make as many sounds as possible. If you’re playing for points, you can get a point for each new sound.
  3. After the player has made all the sounds they can think of with that object, challenge the chooser to think of a new way to play that object - if the chooser succeeds, they get a point for each new sound they make.
  4. The player becomes the chooser and gives the object to another person.

This activity supports the practice of these STEAM Habits of Mind: Develop craft, engage & persist, observe, reflect, stretch & explore.

Tips for Supporting Your Children's Learning

Get your child actively involved in their own learning and having their questions drive the learning. Let them observe and figure out, and try to hold back from answering questions for them. Instead, try to ask: What do we know? What else can we find out? How might we figure that out? Don't be afraid to ask your child questions.  Also, don't be afraid to say "I don't know--let's find out together!" as a way to respond to their questions.  Here's an article to help you support this kind of learning:  Of the Value of Saying I Don’t Know


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