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Activity 1- Describe and find it!

Set up a farmyard, jungle or a zoo. Describe one of the animals but do not tell your child its name. Say, for example: This animal has horns, four legs and a tail. Ask them to say which animal it is. Ask them to make the noise the animal might make. When they are familiar with the game let individual children take the part of the adult and describe the animal for the others to name. This activity can be repeated with other sets of objects such as zoo animals, toy sets based on transport (e.g. aeroplane, car, train, bus, boat) and musical instruments. It can be made more challenging by introducing sets of random objects to describe and name.

Look, listen and note

Look, listen and note how well your child can:

■ describe what they see;

■ identify the animals and imitate the sounds;

■ add new words to their vocabulary.

 

 

Acitivty 2- Listening walks

 

This is a listening activity that can take place indoors or outdoors. Remind your child about the things that good listeners do (e.g. keep quiet, have ears and eyes ready). Invite your child to show you how good they are at listening and talk about why listening carefully is important. Encourage your child to listen attentively to the sounds around them. Talk about the different sounds they can hear. Your child could use ‘cupped ears’ or make big ears on headbands to wear as they go on the listening walk. After they have enjoyed a listening walk indoors or outdoors, make a list of all the sounds they can remember. The list can be in words or pictures and prompted by replaying sounds recorded on the walk.

 

Look, listen and note

Look, listen and note how well your child can:

■ describe what they hear;

■ remember, identify and imitate the sounds;

■ add new words to their vocabulary.

 

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