Listening Lotto

You Will Need:

  • A sheet of card or paper for each player
  • Pencils/pens for each player
  • Small stickers (optional)

The Activity:

Preparing your ‘Listening Lotto’ activity together with your child will all be part of the fun! Talk about what sounds your child predicts they may hear. Remember to think about where you are going to play listening lotto; will it be indoors or outdoors? What is the weather like? Is there a chance you will be able to hear the weather?

  • Mark out 6 squares on your sheet of card/paper
  • Draw pictures of the sounds you will maybe hear in the squares
  • Each player will take a turn, listening for one of the sounds on their lotto game card
  • As a sound is identified, mark the square complete
  • The first person to identify all sounds, wins the game and everyone will have had lots of fun playing, listening and exploring together

How this supports knowledge and development:

Listening skills, critical thinking skills, the ability to predict and evaluate. It also supports differentiation of sounds ready for when they learn to differentiate phonics when learning to read.

Making your game card together is a fun way to develop your child’s fine motor skills and pencil control, providing many more opportunities to introduce new words.

Extend The Activity

Play the same game at a different time of day or during different weather conditions

  • Can the same sounds still be heard?
  • Are there any new sounds?

All mysteries that your child will enjoy exploring.

Think about all the words we use every day to describe sound:

  • Dripping
  • Sloshing
  • Ticking
  • Beeping
  • Whistling
  • Rustling
  • Splashing
  • Roaring
  • Chirping
  • Barking
  • Rumbling
  • Buzzing

Top Tip

Playing Lotto with family members helps your child learn to turn take and play co-operatively, which can be tricky when you are preschool

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