Seeing and Hearing Game

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Oral Language, Listening, Science, Life Science, Physical Science

Grade 1- 3


Students will learn about the importance of different animal senses by acting out activities or making certain sounds



  1. Reproduce the See and Hear Cards onto tagboard. Cut apart the cards, color, and laminate them for durability. You will need to reproduce enough cards so that every child receives a card.
  2. Reproduce the My Eyes, My Ears sheet, one per child.
  1. Pass out one See or one Hear card to each child, face down. Explain that the game is played by having them move around the room trying to find classmates with the same type (see or hear) of card. Before they begin, be certain you explain that the children with Hear cards (animals or things) can make sounds or noises, but the children with See cards cannot make sounds, instead they must pantomime their pictured item.
  2. Tell the children the signal to begin the game will be a seeing signal (dropping a piece of paper on a desk). The signal to end the game will be a hearing signal (clapping your hands). Begin by dropping the paper. Hearing-card children will begin to make their appropriate sounds while the Seeing-card children will begin their pantomimes.
  3. After about three to four minutes, clap your hands and have each group display their cards. As a total class, decide if the groups have classified themselves (seeing or hearing) correctly. Permit children input in this evaluation.
  4. Have the children complete the My Eyes, My Ears activity sheet. Be certain your children understand the concepts of up versus down, and loud versus soft, before completing this activity.
As an extension, record familiar sounds (coughing, snoring, sneezing, telephone ringing, radio playing, car horn honking, etc.) onto a cassette tape. Play the tape and have the children try to recognize the sounds. Replay the tape and discuss each sound.
An extension activity for See would be to arrange objects familiar to the children on a tray. Have the children look carefully at each item in order to remember as many items as they can. Cover the tray with a towel and ask them to recall as many items as they can. Remove the towel and discuss which items were remembered and which were forgotten, if any.


  • See and Hear Cards (see activity pages below)
  • My Eyes, My Ears sheet (see activity pages below)
  • scissors
  • crayons
  • a cassette tape of sounds
  • 10 or more objects, arranged on a tray
  • towel
  • chart paper

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