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LISTENING GAMES


Before your child enters kindergarten, he will be expected to have developed listening skills. You can help your child develop good listening skills by playing listening games with him.

 HOUSE SOUNDS
 Ask your child to stop for a minute and name as many sounds as she can  at the moment in your house. You can also do this game while riding in  the car or at a store.

 
EGG TIMER
Set and hide an egg timer somewhere in a room. Have your child try to find it before or after it rings.

SOUND TAPES
Using a tape recorder, record a variety of songs around your house with which your child is familiar. Examples, water running, pouring milk, clock, timer, furnace, washing machine, etc. As you play the tape for your child have her try to name what the sound is.

WAKE UP BELL
Play a simple game of pretending to sleep and waking up when you hear a bell ring. Take turns with your child being the sleeper and ringing the bell.

START / STOP
Using two noise makers, such as, a bell and a drum, instruct your child to walk when he hears the bell and to stop when he hears the drum. Your child will want a turn making the sounds, too.


ANIMAL SOUNDS
Make animal sounds for your child to identify.

SOUND BOTTLES
Small black film cans are great for this activity. Fill 8 cans with food items. (2 with salt; 2 with rice; 2 with macaroni, 2 with large dried beans.) Seal cans and mix them up. Have your child try to find matching sounds.