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Explore with your senses: Sound

 

Did you hear? We’re exploring with our senses! Last week, we looked into the fun ways we can play with and test our sense of sight. If you missed it, check it out here!

This week, we’re continuing our journey through the senses with the super sense of sound. Those of us who are able to hear use our sense of sound for all sorts of things, both consciously and subconsciously. From listening to the TV or our favourite songs to having a conversation or monitoring traffic, and, of course, when listening for the tell-tale footsteps of rival treasure seekers on a Treasure Trail. We use our hearing all the time when we’re awake… and when we’re asleep!

 

Sound Sensational Fact

 

But there’s more to our hearing than we realise, and more ways we can play with it and test it out for fun! Check out our fun facts and sensory activities that will help you explore with your sense of sound.

 


Sensational facts about sound

 

There are lots of cool things you may not know about your ears and your hearing.

  • Your ear contains both the tiniest bone in your body – the stapes or ‘stirrup’ bone – and the hardest bone – the temporal bone, which protects your inner ear. 
  • Human ears don’t just hear – they also help us stay balanced. That’s why you might feel a little unsteady on your feet when you’ve got an ear infection. 
  • A heavy meal can actually affect your hearing – it reduces the sounds that you hear! 
  • Men and women’s brains work differently when they’re listening! Both use the left side of the brain to process language, but women also use part of their right side for some reason. This doesn’t mean that women are better listeners, though – it just may be that they’re processing other information at the same time. 
  • Human ears can detect the difference in hot and cold running water! Heat is created by molecules speeding up, so cold water moves slightly lower, which our hearing can pick up. Try it out!

 

But what about sound in the rest of nature?

 

Not all animals have ears like humans do or rely on them for hearing in the same way!

  • Cicadas have hearing organs in their stomach, crickets have them on their knees, and snakes hear through their jawbones!  
  • Bats have terrible night vision, so they use sound waves to detect objects and hunt prey – this is called echolocation. Whales, dolphins and some birds also use echolocation, and so do submarines (sort of) with their sonar systems. 
  • Elephants have the largest of all ears, but don’t just use them for hearing – they also help them regulate their body temperature. 

 

elephant ears

 


Explore with sound at home

 

There are tonnes of ways that you can explore with your hearing at home, whether indoors or in your garden. Try these activities out!

 

Activity #01: Did you hear that?

 

Have you ever paid attention to all the sounds in your own home, garden or local area?

Find a space in a room, your garden or a safe spot away from the road during your daily walk. Set a timer for one minute and stay silent, listening out for all the sounds around you – closing your eyes might help you concentrate. How many unusual sounds did you notice? Were there any that you hadn’t heard or paid attention to before? Who heard the most sounds?

Try it out in different places and at different times to hear lots of unique sounds that you’ve never consciously listened to before!

 

Activity #02: Listen up – this top-secret intel needs deciphering!

 

Some sounds are super easy to decipher, even if you can’t see what’s making the noise – birds singing, cars driving past, water running…

But, what about the strange sounds that you don’t notice as much, like the sound a yoghurt lid makes when you open it, the fanning sound of book pages or the squelchy noise of squeezing out a teabag?

Head around the house and record three different sounds you come across – one easy, one slightly harder and one really tricky one. Test out your family or household and see if they can guess all three!

 

Activity #03: Sounds familiar…

 

If you’re struggling to find yet another fun way to fill your evenings as a family, try taking on a music intro quiz! Using your preferred music app, have each member of the household pick five of their favourite songs that the others will likely know.

Gather everyone around and take it in turns to play one of your songs, but ONLY the intro. The first person to guess the song title before the singing start wins the point. You could even offer a second point if they know the name of the artist/s, and a third if they sing the first line of the song. This is a fab way to test your hearing, your memory and your reaction skills – triple whammy! Plus, it’ll give you loads of laughs with your family.

If you’re stuck for ideas or can’t get the songs you want on your preferred music app, try scouring through the app store to find music intro quizzes – there’s plenty out there, some with themes like decades or film soundtracks. These will be trickier and may not always contain songs that you or your mini music lovers will know, but it’ll definitely up the challenge, especially if there’s just two of you playing.

 

listen to nature

 


What a puzzling sense…sound!

 

For sound, your puzzle involves identifying rhyming words. Say each item aloud to find its matching partner in rhyme. Some will come to you quicker than others, but don’t give up. You’ll be left with three items that have no rhyming partner. Good luck!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED, but you can still solve the puzzle just for fun! Find the answer below…

 

TT Sound Puzzle

 

 

Puzzle answer

 

 


Make ’em laugh!

 

Sound joke

 


Listen out for enemy agents on a Treasure Trail!

 

Now that you’ve challenged yourselves to some fun sensory activities, it’s time to test your hearing on your local Trail adventure! Use it to listen out for witness statements, keep your balance as you tiptoe across perilous terrain and have an ear to the ground at all times for top-secret intel.

But, while you’re out and about, try to stay conscious of everything you’re hearing. Take in the hustle and bustle of the town centre, the wind whipping through the trees in the parks or the chirps of wildlife scampering around. Wait… do you hear footsteps? It could be rival explorers! You better not let them beat you to the treasure trove.

 

 

Explore with your senses - Sound
Explore with your senses – Sound

 


Keep an ear out for more fun with your senses!

 

We’ll be continuing to explore with our senses next week when we’ll be looking into smell and our noses. Keep your eyes on your inbox or follow this link to hear all about what’s coming up soon!

 

 


Competition T&Cs – Senses Puzzles

  • There are five prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher available, one for each of five puzzles: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on each of the five senses pages only.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 29th March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household, per puzzle is permitted.
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • The winners names will be available on request and may be published on our website.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

1st March 2021

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Explore with your senses: Sight

 

We’re kick-starting our journey through the senses with the super sense of sight. Those of us who are able to see use our eyesight for all sorts of things, both consciously and subconsciously. Whether it’s reading a book, watching TV, helping us navigate and stay alert for hazards or, of course, hunting down those sneaky Clues on a Treasure Trail, we use our sight all the time when we’re awake.

 

Sight - Treasure Trails

 

But there’s more to our eyesight than we realise, and more ways we can play with it and test it out for fun! Check out our fun facts and sensory activities that will help you explore with your sense of sight.

 


Sensational facts about sight

 

There are lots of cool things you may not know about your eyes and your sight.

  • Most humans have three cones in their eyes, which allow us to see around one million different colour shades. Humans who are colour blind have two cones and see around 10,000 colours, while a rare few ‘tetrachromats’ developed an extra fourth cone and can see around 100 million colours – superhuman vision! 

 

Sight - amazing fact

 

  • Dr Dennis Levi has the record for the best vision – he was able to identify a bright green line, a quarter of an inch thick, that was half a mile away. 
  • Newborn babies see everything upside down until their brains learn to process everything the right way up! Their sight is also blurry, and they only see shades of grey. 
  • There’s a phenomenon called the Ganzfeld Effect which happens when your brain is given no visual stimuli to excite it. If you were to have a uniform space covering your whole field of vision – like in a pitch-black cave or by staring closely at a wall – your brain starts making up patterns and colours. Give it a go!

 

But what about sight in the rest of nature?

 

While some animals’ vision is rubbish compared to humans (sorry, snails, we’re talking about you), others can see way more than we can.

  • Pit vipers, mosquitoes, salmon and other cold-blooded creatures can actually see in infrared, while butterflies, bees and some birds can see in ultraviolet – both spectrums are invisible to humans. 
  • Chameleons can move their eyes in different directions at the same time, meaning they can have one eye facing forwards while the other looks behind for predators.
  • Owls can’t actually move their eyeballs, which is why they have to spin their heads all the way around! It doesn’t stop them, though – their vision is so good that they can see a moving mouse over 150ft away! They’re also the only bird that sees the colour blue. 

 

The amazing eyes of owls

 


Explore with your sight at home

 

There are tonnes of ways that you can explore with your sight at home, whether indoors or in your garden. Try these activities out!

 

Activity #01: Pay close attention to your surroundings, slippery spies!

 

Do you really know what your home looks like? It’s time to test yourself, then! Pick a room and set a timer for one minute, then scan around the room in silence, taking in every detail. When the countdown is over, point out everything that you never noticed or paid attention to before. You might be surprised!

Not challenging enough? If you’ve got a garden, take on the same activity out there instead! It’ll be a real test of your memory and sight.

 

Activity #02: Curious colour spotting

 

As ace detectives, it’s important that you’re thorough in your hunt for the evidence. So, here’s another fun activity to test your knowledge of your house! This time, pick a colour – it could be your favourite colour or something totally random. Then, set a timer for however long you would like and scout around your house, noting how many things in your house contains that colour.

Each item only counts once, so if you choose blue and your bathroom tiles have lots of blue squares, they only count once. But, if you have six blue mugs, each one counts once

When the timer is up, regroup and tell each other the total number of things in your house contain that colour. Do you all have the same number, or is someone the TOP inquisitive investigator in your household?

 

Activity #03: I spy with my little eye… a crafty opportunity!

 

Have you ever paid close attention to your eyes? Have you noticed all the little details that make them yours – the colours and the shapes?

Delve into your crafty supplies, grab a mirror and try drawing, painting or sculpting one of your eyes as you see it. It might be a little tricky since you’ll have to keep looking away from the mirror to create your masterpiece.

When you’ve finished, compare your creation to the real thing, and take a look at the pieces of artwork made by other members of your household. Are they accurate? Do their eyes look the same as yours or different?

 

Sight - mosaic eye

 


What a puzzling sense…

 

For sight, your puzzle is a visual one. Say what you see to figure out the sight related expressions. Some will come to you quicker than others, but don’t give up. If your answer doesn’t fit the number of letters, try again!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED – but you can still solve the puzzle just for fun! Find the answer below…

 

TT Sight Puzzle

 

 

Puzzle answer

 

 


Make ’em laugh!

 

Treasure Trails joke time

 


Test out your sight on a Treasure Trail!

 

Now that you’ve challenged yourselves to some fun sensory activities, it’s time to test your sight on your local Trail adventure! Use it to hunt down the sneaky Clues, scan around for enemy agents, examine evidence closely and search through your surroundings for the buried treasure.

But, while you’re out and about, try to stay conscious of everything you’re looking at. Have you noticed that historical building before? Have you realised how many types of plants are around you? Did you spot any wildlife scampering around? What about all the people walking past you – are they out on a mission for HQ too?

 

 

Stay active with Treasure Trails

 


Keep your eyes peeled for more fun with your senses!

 

We’ll be continuing to explore with our senses next week, when we’ll be looking into sound, hearing and our ears. Keep your eyes on your inbox or follow this link to take a peek at what’s coming up soon!

 

 


Competition T&Cs – Senses Puzzles

  • There are five prizes of a Treasure Trails Voucher available, one for each of five puzzles: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch and Taste.
  • Open to UK residents, excluding employees and associates of Treasure Trails.
  • Entry is via the submission form on each of the five senses pages only.
  • All valid entries will be looked at and winning entries chosen by the team at Treasure Trails.
  • Closing date for entries is 11:59pm on Monday 29th March 2021
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • One entry per household, per puzzle is permitted.
  • The winners will be notified via email within 5 days of the closing date.
  • The winners names will be available on request and may be published on our website.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no monetary alternative will be offered.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • The promoter is Armstrong Best Ltd t/a Treasure Trails, Truro.
  • By participating in this competition, entrants confirm they have read, understood and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.

22nd February 2021

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