Nov 2, 2013

Five Senses: Hearing Games for Children

 Learning about our five senses is a common preschool theme. The following article, focuses specifically on hearing and provides fun activities for young children within any early childhood setting.

1. The Listening Game

Sometimes, this game can be found on CDs from the library or book/toy stores; otherwise it can be made by the adult. The CD is played providing a variety of sounds. If played with toddlers, hearing the sounds and labelling them encourages language development, as well as providing them an opportunity to share their knowledge. For instance, the sounds might be a dog, or a fire truck. They will excitedly tell you or simply smile knowing what it is. Older ages can turn the hearing into a game such as sound bingo, where they must place a chip onto the picture. The bingo sheets might come with the CD or can be made by the caregiver.

2. Sound Hunt

This listening game preferably involves going for a walking adventure in the community and listening for specific sounds. Alternatively, it could be played inside or outside facilities. Each child or group of children will receive a chart with pictures of what they must hear. The pictures will depend upon where the children are located, such as rural or urban. For example the pictures might be a bird, a siren, dogs barking, wind, rain, people talking and so forth. The children will check off what they hear.



3. Who is Ringing the Bell?

A fun circle game to play with a group of preschool aged children. One child is selected to go out of the room, while one child is given a bell or other sound making device. All the other children have to pretend to be shaking the bell whereas only one child has it. The chil

dren could have their hands behind their back shaking to help with this guessing game.

 

4. What is Making that Noise?

This game can be teacher directed or an open ended activity placed out for children to explore. It requires containers with lids. Shoe boxes and jewellery boxes work well. In addition, collect various items to shake, such as a pencil, pom pom, lego piece, small jingle bells, etc. The idea is for a child or group of children to guess what item is making the noise. A little song could be sung to help with the
timing and share taking. For instance to the tune of Happy Birthday:

What is making the noise?
What is making the noise?
Can you guess the item
That is making this noise?!

Similarly, this game can be played at a group circle with the teacher turning her back to the children and making a sound for the children to guess:



  • clapping
  • coins jiggling
  • bubble wrap popping
  • phone ringing
  • humming
  • closing a book
  • tearing paper


5. Find the Beep


This is a fun game to play outside or inside and requires some sort of toy or item that makes a loud beep, or any loud sound. The item is placed in a hidden location and the children, using their hearing, must try and locate it. Alternatively, a child can hide and make a sound, such as a bird chirping or cat meowing, and the rest of the group must listen to find where he/she is located.

 

6. Shakers


The teacher can make shakers with matching sounds for the children to try and find by listening carefully. Additionally, children can make their own shakers. It is crucial in this activity for the sound shakers to be securely closed! The filling material might be uncooked beans, rice, pasta, sand, small pebbles, or marbles. In addition, it is always a great idea to have shakers as part of an early childhood setting included with other musical instruments.







Final Thought: Our world is surrounded with sound and young children are very enthralled with their own skills. Providing these hearing activities are not only fun to engage in, they allow young children to feel proud of their abilities.


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