Activities, Tips

Listening games for little ones

March 28, 2018

Before your child becomes a good reader and communicator, they need to understand what their important adults are saying to them. So listening and comprehending is one of the most important skills your child develops.

Listening games can help your child refine these skills. Here’s a few time and toddler-tested ones you can try at home.

Simon says

This game also helps your child learn body parts and describing words like ‘fast’ and ‘slow’. It will also get them giggling and having lots of fun. Make sure you take turns on who gets to be Simon.

For instructions on how to play and some funny game ideas, visit 

Treasure hunt

This game is great to help your child learn how to follow instructions. Pick out a few favourite toys and ask your child to close their eyes while you hide them. When they’re hidden from view, give your child clues on where they are. Once all the toys are found, switch turns.

You can play this same game during your everyday activities. Ask children to get their hat and shoes or go to the bathroom and get your towel. Following one step, then two step and then even longer instructions as they grow is an important skill.

Copy cat

Ask a child to copy your clapping sequence. Start with an easy one and make it more challenging. Switch turns so your child has a go at being both the follower and the leader.

Finish what I start

Ask your child to finish your sentences. This can work while you prepare a meal, sing some known nursery rhymes or sharing a familiar book. For example, “Today I’m chopping an _______? for lunch”, “Twinkle, Twinkle, little star ______________?