Sound trail

The world around us is full of wonderful sounds – a sound trail can bring this to life for your child.

The next time you and your child go for a walk, think about the sounds you might hear. Suggest things to listen out for. Perhaps cars, birds, other people, airplanes.

On your walk, pause every now and then and listen together. Ask your child ‘What sounds can you hear?’.

You can talk about what’s making the noise, whether it’s loud or quiet. Are they the sounds you thought you’d hear?

You can have fun making your own sounds too, like crunching leaves or snapping twigs. Can they copy the sounds they hear, like birds going ‘tweet’ or cars going ‘vroom’?

Good to know

Practising listening helps with concentration and attention needed for communication and learning to read.

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