Listening well is important for so many reasons. This is one of my personal favourites for helping children of all ages to open their ears.
Singing a song or saying a rhyme in different voices gives the ear
motivation to listen better. Small children will giggle in delight at a
funny voice and older children will focus more and give more time to
what you are saying. Extra practice in song and rhyme will exercise the
ear for more important words.
Choose any nursery rhyme that you know, and preferably the children
know too. Sing it in the conventional way, with any actions that go with
it. Get the children involved and encourage when they join in. Then,
change your voice a little, or a lot, and watch the reaction.
One of my favourite is Incy Wincy Spider as there are a number of
variations which work well. For example, you can make your voice go
higher as he climbs the spout, and then make it go lower again for when
he is washed out, and then up again for when he tries again. Or you can
sing about the Great Big Spider in a loud, strong voice, and then a
Teeny Tiny Spider in a teeny tiny voice, changing the words where
Other ideas for different voices are:
Big bad wolf
Don’t feel you have to sing if you don’t like to. Every song is a poem too.