Guess that Sound!
Updated: Apr 8
Practice your listening skills by trying to identify the sounds you hear.
What you’ll need: Two people, objects from around your home that make different sounds
What’s it for?
This activity uses our creativity to invent different sounds, our listening skills to try identifying them, and lets us take turns while we play with another person.
Notice how you’re feeling right now. Close your eyes and notice what’s going on inside your mind and body.
How are you feeling?
What are you thinking?
How does your body feel?
First, find some ‘instruments’ together. Making sure you don’t use anything breakable, try lightly tapping different containers, toys, or objects. What sounds can you make? What do you have that can make a shaking sound?
Once you have put together a selection of sounds. Take turns being the performer and the listener. Have the listener shut their eyes or turn around. The performer then plays a sound. The listener opens their eyes and tries to copy what the performer played.
Once you have each had a turn being the performer and listener, try adding more sounds to remember. Can you identify three sounds in a row?
Extra Activity: Can you copy the rhythm as well as identify the sound?
When you’ve finished playing, ask yourself the following questions:
Did you enjoy being the listener or performer?
What was your favourite sound you invented?
Were there any sounds that were surprising?
Was this easier or harder than you expected?
How did you feel when you got the answer correct?
How did it feel when you got the answer wrong?
Take a moment to notice how you are feeling at the end of this activity. Did you discover anything surprising? What can you take away to make you feel better about yourself from this activity?
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Created by Heather Dingle © March 2020
Creative Art Used: Music
Psychological Area Explored: Relationships, Communication, Attention & Hyperactivity, Play
These activities could be done by children of all ages, but some may need the support of their parent or carer to read the instructions or complete the activity safely.
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