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"Name That Sound" Game
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In this activity, children will play a simple game called “Name that Sound.” This sound discrimination activity will help children become more in tune with their hearing and build skills to improve the recognition of sounds.
What We Learn
Sound discrimination

Listening skills

Motor coordination
Supply List
Glass jars with lids

Duct tape

Small household objects (beads, keys, coins, sand, buttons, old keys, cotton balls, seeds, popcorn kernels, etc.)
How-To
Begin by gathering a few glass jars with lids. Although other types of containers may work with this activity, glass is the best conductor of sound.

Next, gather different types of small household items that you can place in the jar to make noise. Items might include: beads, keys, coins, sand, buttons, old keys, cotton balls, seeds, popcorn kernels, etc. Don’t put anything in the jar that might cause it to shatter if shaken.

Remember to get varying items which produce a wide spectrum of sounds. For instance, you can fill one jar with water. To convey how not all objects will produce a sound at all, fill another jar with cotton balls or feathers.

After you’ve filled the jars, secure the lid. You may also want to place some duct tape around the jars to make sure the lids don’t become loose.

Next, show the children the various jars with items inside. Engage them in open-ended conversations about each sound. Then shake each jar and ask them to describe the sound they heard. Repeat the activity until the children have heard all the sounds of the objects being shaken.

You can turn this activity into a game by shaking the object again, without letting the children see what’s being shaken. Once you shake a jar, ask the children which object they think it was and why. Then reveal the object and discuss if it was the object they predicted. Proceed until you’ve gone through each jar.

Observe the children’s ability to discern between sounds. If you suspect that a child might have a hearing loss, consult your doctor for testing.
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