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Overview and benefit
Learning to listen is an essential life skill. Children that learn how to listen will be able to follow instructions and learn more from the people they interact with. Listening is a learnt skill and children will also learn it by example. Therefore it is important that you listen to what your own child has to say to you too if you want them to return the compliment.
This fun activity teaches children to listen to an instruction then carry it out. Children have to listen more and more carefully as the instructor reduces the volume of their speaking voice. They will also learn that you don’t have to shout to be heard if people are listening carefully.
- Your voice
- Two to three weeks
How it works
A game based on Simon says where the teacher tells the children to do an action such as touch your nose. The first action is said in a normal speaking voice, but every instruction after that is said at a quieter volume
What to do in the class
Explain the rules of the game to the children before you start. Explain that the game is all about ‘listening carefully’. Start with a few simple instructions like, touch your toes, touch your head, touch your tummy. Practice a few times with them touching the body parts yourself with the children. Now explain that you are no longer going to show them what to touch, they have to do it themselves. See if the group can listen and respond to your directions without you demonstrating. Once they have mastered this, explain that you are going to speak more quietly so that they really have to listen. You can add fun to the activity by having a few ‘silly’ moves thrown in. For example ‘Stick out your tongue, waggle your ears or puff your cheeks out.
If you can hear me
Adaptation for older/younger children
Use only simple instructions for older children, you can make the instructions more complex for the older children. For example
What to do in a nursery setting
No adaptions are necessary
You could start this activity seated so that the children learn to really focus and listen before they move too far away from you.
You could use the quiet song to signal the beginning of this listening activity.