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Stretchy Sounds!

Express your feelings through a variety of sounds and movements. 

What you’ll need: Your hands and your voice

What’s it for? 

This activity will help you think about different ways to share your emotions using sound and movement. This will help you to notice the way you and the people around you communicate in ways other than words. 

Check In:

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? 


  • Pretend you are holding a stretchy ball of slime or playdough. Mime what would it look like if you were stretching it out between your hands. What about if you squished it into a ball? What about if you were flattening it like a pancake?

  • Now imagine that the ball of stretchy stuff makes a sound as you pull it into different shapes! What would it sound like if you pulled it apart with your hands? Maybe the sound would go higher and make an “ooooooo” sound. Maybe it would get quieter or louder - play around and see what feels right to you! Do you think the sound would change depending on how quickly or slowly you move your hands?

  • With your movements and sounds, try stretching your pretend playdough into an angry shape and sound. How loud is ‘angry’? What kind of shape do your hands make? 

  • Try out different feelings with your sounds and shapes. What about excited? Sad? Happy? Scared? 

  • Can you move between different feelings as you stretch and squish your pretend ball of slime? 

  • Finish up your activity by showing the emotion that you are feeling today. 

Extra Activity: If you have someone else to do this activity with, try ‘passing’ the stretchy sounds to them. Can you guess what feelings the other person is sharing with their sounds? 

When you’ve finished, spend a moment reflecting on the activity and ask yourself the following questions

  • Did you learn anything about yourself during this activity?

  • What was your favourite sound to make?

  • Did your pretend ball of sound have a particular colour in your imagination? Did this change?

  • How do we use different sounds and movements to share our feelings normally?

  • If you were working with another person, was it easy to guess which feeling they were showing or was it hard? 


This activity helps you to think about different ways to communicate the emotions you have without using words. This can help you to express yourself, and develop your communication skills. 

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?

If you would like to, share something about your experience with this activity with someone you live with! Ask the person who looks after you to send us an email if you have any questions or comments about the activity, or would like to send us any pictures ( Don't forget to subscribe for more fun CAT activities!

Created by Heather Dingle © June 2020


Creative Arts Used: Music, Dance & Movement

Psychological Areas Explored: Emotional Wellbeing, Communication, Self-Exploration

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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.

This website was made by CAT Corner to help you explore your feelings through fun creative arts activities. The people using the website and the people responsible for them need to make sure they stay safe (full disclaimer on About page).

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