Let’s guess that sound
For ages 18 months – 5 years
Just like a TV game show! This activity helps children listen to and identify sounds. You can help them to hear the differences in sounds – which is the start of language learning. They will also develop skills used in learning to read.
What do I need?
- A box or basket with a cover (such as a lid, towel or blanket) to keep the ‘sounds’ inside
- Items you can make sounds with, such as:
- a book to open and close
- coins to jingle
- paper or foil to crumple
- a zip to open and close (a jacket, backpack or cushion cover)
- paper to tear
- a saucepan and spoon to bang
How do I do it?
- Show your child each of the items and help them discover the sounds they make.
- Talk about each sound – “Is it a quiet sound or a loud sound?”
- Put all the items back in the basket or box and get your child to close their eyes or turn their back… the game is about to begin!
- Ask your child to listen closely and, without them seeing it, select an item and make the sound.
- It’s time to play: “what is that sound? “
- Now it’s times to swap: your child can choose one of the sounds, and you have to guess what it is.
No-one knows your child better than you. So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.