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Simple listening games  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1
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Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info
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Group games for children to develop their listening skills.

Activity name/materials Instructions Comments

Mousie mousie game:


Mousie mousie game (Rocket toys and games)






  1. Explain that you’re going to play a listening game.
  2. Show the children one of the mice and ask them what animal it is. Then ask what animal likes to chase mice. Then ask what sound that animal makes.
  3. Put the blue mat in the centre of the circle. Give each child a mouse. You hold the cup (you do not need the dice and counters for this game). Explain that the mice have to sit with their bodies on the blue mat, with each child holding the very end of their mouse’s tail.
  4. Explain that you will make lots of different animal sounds but when they hear the cat sound the children have to pull their mouse out of the way before the cat comes to catch them.
  5. Say lots of different sounds. When you say, “meow”, bring the cup down on the mat.

Works best as a group game


Demonstrate as well as explaining, this will help the children with poor understanding


Let all children have a turn to be in charge of making the sounds.

Paired musical instruments game


3 pairs of musical instruments (i.e. 2 bells, 2 tambourines, 2 shakers etc.)

Large hardback book to act as a screen

  1. If the child is unfamiliar with the instruments, allow them a few minutes to play with them and become familiar with the sounds they make.
  2. Put 1 set of instruments behind the screen, and a matching set in front of the screen. Play one instrument behind the screen.
  3. The child plays the matching instrument

Use photos of instruments if you only have 1 set – the child has to pick up the picture of the instrument they heard


If the child finds this game easy, play pairs of instruments – e.g. tambourine followed by shaker, the child will have to remember the order.

Bead threading


Beads/cotton reels


Pictures of strings of beads/cotton reels




The adult has a set of cards showing strings of beads/cotton reels. The children have beads/ cotton reels and thread. The adult describes the string in the picture (e.g. “first there’s a round, red bear, then a small blue square, then two big green squares”) and the children try to replicate it.

For extra practice, allow children to give directions

If it’s true for you



The adult gives a description (e.g. people who are wearing trainers). Everyone who fits that description jumps into the centre of the circle, and then jumps out again. Start with physical descriptions then introduce abilities (e.g. people who can ride a bike) and likes (e.g. people who like chips).

Use gesture and funny noise if you are short of space.


Let the children have a turn to give the descriptions.



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