Magic Silly Sound Ball
Updated: Apr 7
Use an imaginary ball to playfully make different sounds with your voice!
What you’ll need: Two or more people
What’s it for?
This activity uses our imagination and listening skills to throw a pretend ball back and forth using our voices. It can be funny to see what kind of sounds you come up with!
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?
Choose a person to start. They imagine they are holding a ball. How big is the ball? Hold your hands that far apart. The players then mime throwing the ball back and forth to everyone in the game.
Every time you ‘throw’ the ball, you have to make a sound! This could be a silly word you make up (like ‘schmoo!’), or a singing sound (like ‘laaaaaaaaa!’), or a strange sound (like ‘psspsspsspss).
Experiment with different sounds. How high of a sound can you make? How low can you make your voice? It might feel silly at first, and then it might be hard not to laugh while you play!
Extra Activity: Could you try a ‘different’ ball? Maybe you could pretend this ball is giant, like a massive beach ball, or tiny like a marble, or very heavy like a bowling ball. How does this affect the sounds you make?
When you’ve finished playing, ask yourself the following questions:
How did it feel when you first started the game? Silly? Shy?
How did this change as you kept playing?
Which of the sounds was your favourite?
How did your body feel when you made a loud sound?
What about a quiet sound?
Did any of your sounds remind you of an animal?
Which sounds made you laugh?
Was it difficult or easy to take turns?
How could you keep track of who is ‘holding’ the ball?
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: Drama, Music
Psychological Area Explored: Communication, Relationships, 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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