Listening Activities

 


When children are learning langauge and communication skills, they need to practise listening. We have got some great activities here which encourage children to listen carefully in a fun and interactive way.   Listening to music and learning about musical instruments is a way of introducing more new vocabulary and supports children's sensory development. 

Describe The Picture Game

Describe The Picture Game

This game encourages careful listening and helps children to develop their vocabulary and observational skills. It also incorporates maths skills as you can use number, shape and information about size to help with the descriptions.

Musical Instrument Flash Cards

Musical Instrument Flash Cards

Use our beautifully illustrated flash cards to explore the names of different musical instruments. How do you think that the instrument is played? How do you think the instrument will sound?

Phonics Phase One Environmental Sounds Flash Cards

Phonics Phase One Environmental Sounds Flash Cards

These environmental sounds flash cards are a great discussion point and can be used to extend children’s vocabulary and develop their understanding of the world. Use them before a listening walk to make predictions about what noises the children think that they might hear.

Phonics Phase One Listening Walk Colour In

Phonics Phase One Listening Walk Colour In

Help the children to develop their memory skills by asking them after a listening walk if they remember which environmental sounds they heard. Discuss the sounds and ask the children to colour in anything that they heard.

Phonics Phase One Listening Walk Tick Sheet

Phonics Phase One Listening Walk Tick Sheet

Take the children on a walk and encourage them to listen carefully to the sounds that they hear. Remind the children how to be good listeners and discuss the importance of listening carefully when they are outside. When you return from your walk, make a list of the things that you heard.

What's That Noise Game

What's That Noise Game

You will need to gather up the musical instruments on the picture cards. Print the picture cards – you might want to laminate them if you are going to use them more than once. Set up a screen or a box so that the children cannot see which instrument you are using.

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