I know that it is super easy to make your own whisper phones, but I am a little lazy about some things. I wanted one that I could buy and use. I previously wrote about how I love the hardware store and p traps in particular. You can see that post here.
There are two types of p traps that I use. I use the one with a removable drain spout for addition and one without for whisper phones.
For a long time, I just used plain white whisper phones. Then I decided to "glam it up". I spray painted the phones silver. (That's my favorite.) You can have the students decorate with stickers, but they tend to peel after a few weeks. I like the simple spray paint option. Here's my silver ones:
Here I am on my "teacher sized" whisper phone.
Here is the student sized phone in action.
Before actually using the whisper phones, I always have the kids explore them first. It tends to be wild and crazy, because they are just too much fun. You may hear a lot of burps and strange noises, because what kid can resist hearing those marvelous sounds amplified in their ears.
Even though sometimes things get a little wild and crazy with these phones, I think that they are worth it. They allow students to really focus in on the sound of their voice. I found that it helped students with attention difficulties to focus in on the particular task. I have even used them in small groups to play games. I ask questions and the students' have to answer into the phone. Sometimes, it helps to keep them more engaged.
Here is a quick preview of what I am up to in the coming week. My daughter is in love with sharks, so we have decided to make this "Shark Month"! Here is a quick peek at our first shark creation: "Maximus" the blue shark. Stay tuned for more!