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Language and Communication Improve listening skills using fun group games  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Variety of fun games to target listening and attention skills.

Early years skill:Understanding
Early years typical range:40-60+m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Curriculum level:P8
TAP skill:Understanding of Language/Comprehension
TAP level:TAP48
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Dragon's Egg
  • Chair
  • Blindfold
  • Toy Egg
  • Group of Children
  1. Have all the children sit in a circle on the mat;
  2. Put the chair in the middle of the circle with one child ( 'the dragon') sitting on the chair wearing the blindfold.
  3. Put the egg under the chair;
  4. Choose another child to quietly creep forward and steal the dragon's egg;
  5. Get all the children to put their hands behind their backs and the dragon to remove the blindfold and guess who has the egg;
  6. Allow the dragon to have 3 guesses.

Prompt all the children to be very quiet so the dragon can try to identify where the egg stealer is coming from.

Fish and Chips


  1. Choose 1 child to stand with their back to the group;
  2. Choose a 2nd child from the group to say 'fish and chips';
  3. The 1st child has to try to identify who said 'fish and chips'.

To make the task more challenging, get children to try to disguise their voices (give examples of making voice high pitched, low, monotone etc).

Farmer find your Animals
  • Hoops
  • Blindfold
  • Large space (e.g. a hall)
  1. Choose 1 child to be the farmer (they wear the blindfold);
  2. Place the hoops around the room - 3 children stand in each hoop;
  3. Each hoop represents a different farm animal the children make the noise of that animal;
  4. The farmer has to try to find the animals and identify what they are.

It's best to play this game with 10 to 13 children otherwise it is very noisy and difficult for the farmer to locate where the sounds are coming from.

Could also play this game with zoo animals/ zoo keeper or a police man/ different types of transport (e.g. ambulance, motor bike, helicopter, train).

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