Learning to listen: 8 exercises for children from 3 to 8 years old

In today's world everyone, both children and adults, we are continually bombarded by the most diverse sounds ... and strident. But maybe this is not the best thing to carry out an auditory stimulation. For learn to listen, children must be able to discriminate and direct their listening attention to the sounds that interest them.

In order to discriminate sounds, we have to stop and think and reflect on what we are listening to. This exercise requires paying close attention and the best way to get the attention of children is to do it through a game. Learning and teaching to listen can be a fun game for children with these 8 exercises that require the collaboration of parents.


8 exercises for children from 3 to 8 years old to learn to listen

1. Ask them questions. If we ask from time to time about what you are listening to, or about the book you are reading with us, we will reinforce your attention. Not only do you have to ask him questions, but notice what we are saying and we will help you by pointing out: "Have you seen what a beautiful dress?" Therefore, story books with images at these ages can help a lot.
Maybe we can do a kind of quiz or game after each story, to help you notice.

2. What sounds? In this game, it's about discovering what it sounds like. There are many variants: one of them consists of, without the children seeing anything, hitting various objects and try to guess by sound what is. Another, ring a bell, some keys, a box with pins, a conch shell, etc. Various special effects tapes that exist in the market can also be used.


3. On my uncle's farm ... Another idea to develop the capacity for concentration are the short songs, with well-known music and with a lot of rhythm, easy to retain. Among all, we can learn some and sing them from time to time. One way to learn them may be that dad or mom sing a verse and have to repeat the children, until they learn it all.

4. Close your eyes. Once we have planned to go out into the field, there is a very appropriate game for them to notice what they hear: it consists in closing the eyes and cNote how many different sounds we can identify: the singing of cicadas, crickets or birds; the breeze; branches and leaves moving ... This game can also be made with a musical recording, trying to identify when a different instrument or voice is introduced.


5. Rhythms with slaps. We can set up a flamenco tablao at home, because we are going to challenge our children to follow the different clapping rhythms what are we going to give One of the parents will take the initiative and the lead singer, and the rest will try to follow. In addition to the necessary attention, this exercise develops the coordination of movements.

6. Funny tongue twisters. There are several and very funny popular tongue twisters that can be learned, better if it is from the lips of a father or a mother, so that they can be fixed: "San Roque's dog does not have a tail because Ramón Ramírez has cut it." "The sky is bricked, who will unravel it, the unraveling that unravels it good desenladrillador will be". "Three sad tigers, eat three sad dishes of wheat in a sad wheat field." Be careful, do not confuse us.

7. Bass and treble. With any music instrument that we have at home, we will perform this simple exercise. It is about that they pay attention to the difference between acute and serious. For this, we will give a note and they will have to say if it seems serious or acute; then another, and they must say if it is more serious or more acute than the previous one. Before starting, you have to explain the difference between bass and treble in a practical way.

8. A walk through the city. The city also offers many different possibilities and sounds that help the attention capacity and stimulate the ear. When going out for a walk with our children, we can tell you that pay attention to what they hear to then do a contest at home: "How many different sounds have you heard? Who heard the weirdest?" You can also do a drawing contest.

Beatriz Bengoechea

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