Listening game: animals & transport (2 - 4 year olds)

You will need an Ipad, Iphone or anything that is able to connect to YouTube. Don’t worry this isn’t screen time, you are only using the device to make sounds (nothing to watch!)


Home Learning

What to do

Sit together, either on a table or a carpet; somewhere where the children feel comfortable. Explain that they are going to use just their ears, (no looking!) so you can begin by saying “can you close your eyes?” and then say “Turn on your listening ears”. You can explain that you are going to play some sounds and they must guess what they can hear and say it. You can use different sounds; animals, transport vehicles and as the children begin to understand the concept of the game you can begin to use different sounds in the environment; people, walking, door bell, telephone, etc!

Listening game

Learning outcomes

  • Communication, Language and Literacy:
    • Beginning to use word endings such as ‘going’ and ‘cats’
    • Uses language as a powerful means of widening contacts, sharing feelings, experiences and thoughts.
    • Learns new words very rapidly and is able to use them in communicating
    • Uses a variety of questions, such as ‘what’, ‘who’, ‘where, ‘why’
    • Distinguishes between the different marks they make
    • Holds conversation
    • Recognises and responds to many familiar sounds, e.g. turning to a knock on the door, looking at or going to the door.
    • Shows interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.

Key words

  • sound
  • hear
  • listen
  • guess
  • animal

Ask your child

  • What can you hear?
  • What do you think that is?
  • Can you hear an animal?
  • Who can guess?