The Five Senses - Hearing

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There are many fun hearing activities for children. Sound is caused by vibrations. The vibrations make sound waves that go into your ear and make your eardrum vibrate.

Try the following activities to help children be more aware of the sounds around them.


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Have the children gather around you in a circle. This can be done indoors or outdoors. Tell them to listen hard and tell you what they are hearing. If a window is open indoors you can listen to both indoor and outdoor sounds. Have the children close their eyes to identify the sounds without looking.

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For a silly activity - gather together pictures of animal ears and see if the children can identify the animal. Some examples - elephant, cow, pig, puppy, horse, etc. Find animal books at the thrift store for a cheap way to fund the activity.





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Have the children gather around you in a circle. Tell them to listen hard and tell you what they are hearing. If a window is open you can listen to both indoor and outdoor sounds. Have the children close their eyes to identify the sounds without looking.

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For a silly activity - gather together pictures of animal ears and see if the children can identify the animal. Some examples - elephant, cow, pig, puppy, horse, etc.

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Listen to chewing noises. Try crackers, celery, banana, etc. Ask the children which foods they think will make the loudest sound. Have them cover their ears when chewing. Does the sound get louder? That's because they are blocking all the outside noises by covering their ears.

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Let children make a variety of sounds using only their mouths. Whistling, humming, smacking, etc. Let everyone have a chance to try and copy the sound. Who can make the silliest sound?

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While the children have their eyes closed, walk around the room doing basic things - turn on a fan, open cabinets, shuffle papers, etc, and see if the children can identify the sound.Or...record common sounds like a car starting, lawnmower running, alarm clock, shower, wind, traffic, and a few sounds they may not be familiar with, like tearing off a sheet of tin foil, the dishwasher running, unplugging the refrigerator etc., and see how many sounds they can identify.

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Transform a garden hose into a telephone. Use a length of garden hose and attach a funnel to each end. Secure with strong tape. Kids can talk for as long as they want.

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Ask the children to name as many loud sounds as they can. Storms, fire engines and yelling are suggestions for loud sounds. Ask them to name quiet sounds. A humming fan, whispers or a ticking clock may be described as quiet sounds.

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While hearing sounds use as many words as you can to describe the sounds you are hearing. Suggestions - high or low pitch, muffled, rattle, squeak, creaky etc.

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Have any of those little plastic eggs from Easter? Place a few of one item (such as marbles, pennies, rice, a rock, etc.) in two of the eggs and tape securely shut. Continue making paired eggs with other items. Let the children shake the eggs and listen to the sounds they make to determine which of the eggs are "matches".

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