The world is an exciting place full of new sights, sounds, and experiences for preschoolers. One of the most important senses a preschooler can develop is their sense of hearing.
From learning to distinguish between different sounds to identifying the source of noise, developing a strong sense of hearing can aid in a child’s language development, social skills, and overall cognitive growth.
Here are 25 fun and interactive activities that can help preschoolers develop their sense of hearing while having a blast!
benefits sense of hearing activities for preschool
Improved Language Development:
By joining in some ear-tickling activities that involve listening and distinguishing between different sounds, your child can become a Word Wizard and develop a superpower for understanding speech sounds.
Increased Social Skills:
Your child can become a Social Butterfly by working in groups and communicating with others while having fun with these activities.
With these ear-tickling activities, your child can unlock their Brain Boost and develop better memory, attention span, and focus on specific tasks.
Improved Safety Awareness:
These activities can help your child develop a Sharp Sense of Sound, making them more aware of their surroundings and keeping them safe.
Let your child’s creativity soar with these Sound Explorers activities! They’ll have a blast creating unique sounds and building their imagination.
Enhanced Music Appreciation:
By joining in some ear-tickling activities involving listening and distinguishing between different sounds, your child can improve their language skills and better understand speech sounds.
Amazing sense of hearing activities for preschool
“What’s That Sound?” Game
Blindfold your little ones and make different sounds around them while they try to guess what they are hearing. This game not only tickles their ears but also improves their listening and language skills.
Play some funky music and have the children dance around. When the music stops, they must jump and sit down on the floor as quickly as possible. This game enhances their listening and cognitive abilities and their physical coordination.
Read a story to the children but leave out certain words for them to fill in based on the sounds they hear. This game helps your little ones to think creatively and improves their memory and language skills.
Sound Scavenger Hunt
Give the children a list of sounds to find and identify, such as a dog barking, a car honking, or a bird chirping. This game sharpens their listening and observation skills while exploring the world of sound.
Have the children sit in a circle and whisper a phrase into each other’s ears, seeing how the message changes by the end.
This game enhances their communication and listening skills and adds an element of fun to the classic “telephone game.”
Animal Sound Safari
Play different animal sounds and have the children guess which animal they are hearing. This game teaches them about different animals and their sounds and enhances their listening and cognitive abilities.
Simon Says Sound Edition
Give your children a fun challenge by playing Simon Says with sounds instead of physical actions like clapping or tapping their knees. See if they can keep up with all the different sound commands!
Rockin’ Rhythm Band
Rock out with your kids and create your own band with the “Rockin’ Rhythm Band” activity! Hand out instruments like maracas or tambourines and have them play along with a fun and catchy song. Your kids will be moving and grooving in no time!
Homemade Tambourine Time
Get crafty with the “Homemade Tambourine Time” activity! Help your kids make their own homemade tambourines using paper plates and beans or rice. They’ll love creating their own unique sounds and jamming out to their favorite tunes.
Freeze Dance Party
Get ready to boogie with the “Freeze Dance Party” game! Turn up the music and encourage your kids to dance, but when the music stops, they must freeze in place. This game is a fun way to move their bodies and ears and keep them entertained for hours!
What’s more fun than telling a story? Telling a story with sound effects! Kids can use instruments to create sound effects with this activity and bring their favorite stories to life.
They can use their imaginations to make different sounds for different parts of the story, from creaking doors to roaring lions!
Who doesn’t love singing along to their favorite songs? This activity is perfect for getting kids up and moving while also helping them develop their memory and coordination skills.
Sing nursery rhymes or other songs with hand motions to make it even more interactive and engaging.
Musical Chairs Remix
Musical chairs just got a whole lot more fun! By adding a sound component to the classic game, like making animal sounds, kids will have to use their ears to stay on top of the game.
This twist on the classic game encourages kids to think and react quickly to different sounds while also having a blast!
Blindfolded Taste Test Challenge
This sensory activity is sure to be a hit! Blindfold the kids and have them guess what they are tasting based on the sounds they hear.
By engaging kids’ senses, they can develop their ability to identify different sounds and textures. Who knew guessing flavors could be so much fun?
Sound Bingo Bonanza:
Get ready for some ear-tickling fun with Sound Bingo Bonanza! Replace the regular numbers with different sounds, and let the kids match them to their bingo cards.
This is a perfect way to keep the kids entertained while developing their listening skills and ability to recognize different sounds.
Let the kids use their ears and imaginations with Sound Charades! Instead of physical actions, use different sounds to represent a word or phrase. It’s a super creative way to challenge the kids and help them think outside the box.
Name That Tunes Time
Get your groove on with Name That Tunes Time! Play a few notes from a popular song and challenge the kids to guess the title and artist.
This game is fun to test their musical knowledge and bond with your kids over your favorite tunes.
Make some noise with DIY Rainsticks! Let the kids get creative and learn about sound and the science behind it by using different materials to create different sounds and patterns.
They can also decorate their rainsticks with paint or stickers to make them even more unique!
Storytelling with Sound Effects
This activity encourages your kids to use their imagination and creativity to come up with unique sound effects that enhance their storytelling.
They can use everyday objects to create different sounds and add an extra layer of fun to their stories.
Red Light, Green Light Sound Edition
By using sounds to signal when to stop or go, your kids will have to listen carefully and react quickly, making this classic game even more exciting. You can even switch up the sounds for added variety and challenge!
Sensory Box Surprise
Create sensory boxes with different materials, like sand or rice, and have the kids identify what they are hearing as they move their hands through them. This activity is a great way to engage their sense of touch and hearing.
Draw What You Hear
Give the kids paper and markers and play with a variety of sounds for them to draw what they hear, from the buzz of a bee to the roar of a lion!
Blindfold a child and let them guess what object they are holding based on the sounds it makes. Is it a squishy toy or a crunchy snack? Let the guessing games begin!
Dancing with Scarves
Play music and let the children dance with colorful scarves, creating different sounds as they move. Let their imaginations run wild from a twirl’s swoosh to a wave’s flutter!
Sound Collage Creation
Give the children a variety of materials, such as paper, fabric, or leaves, and have them create a collage based on the different sounds they make when rustled or crumpled. The result is a unique work of art that’s both visual and auditory!
Developing a strong sense of hearing is essential for a preschooler’s overall growth and development. Engaging in fun and interactive activities can help preschoolers develop their language, social, and cognitive skills while having a blast. So put on some music, grab some instruments, and get ready to make some noise!
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.