Developing Baby’s Sense of Hearing through Merry Games

    Sense of Hearing

    In continuation of games and activities for baby’s senses development and I offer you and your baby to play the following jolly games to develop his sense of hearing and teach him to differentiate sounds.

    Playing Piano

    Take a toy piano and put it in front of the baby and demonstrate how to play the piano. It is enough just to press one-two keys and say: Listen how it is raining or Listen how a bear walks in the forest. Now let the baby play the piano: Now you play! Help him by taking his hand. After the baby plays for several minutes, let him hear you playing. Then he can start playing again.

    Activity lasts for 6-7 minutes. You can play this game for many times while the baby is interested. Then take the piano in a month or two and your baby will be happy to play it again.

    You can also play with a drum, tambourine, xylophone, bell, and other musical instruments.

    Looking for the Toy

    Take a wind-up toy your baby knows very well, play with it, and listen to its sounds. Then wind it up and hide somewhere so that the baby doesn’t see where. Ask him: Oh! Where is the toy? – and help him find it. Having found the toy, clap hands and express happiness: Here it is! You have found it! Good boy/girl!

    The activity lasts for 7-8 minutes. You can complicate it by taking more toys at a time.

    What Sounded?

    Take the objects sounding differently: whistles, rattles, bells, drums. Play with the bell and whistle (it is important that the sounds of the toys differ significantly). Name each toy and demonstrate its sound: This is a bell and it sounds like this. Let the baby play with the bell and blow the whistle. Then stand behind the baby’s back, blow the whistle and ask: What sounded? The toys must lie in front of the baby in a raw and he must choose the right object (if not, help him).

    Start with a pair of objects that sound differently. If the task is easy for the baby, let him choose by himself two more toys uttering similar sounds.

    Think of the objects you can use the next time like a hair dryer, alarm clock, a spoon in a cup when stirring sugar in tea, newspaper when torn, etc.

    You should know

    A baby is ready to listen to the sounds form the very birth and his parents’ task is to develop this sense – to demonstrate sounds, to teach to differentiate sounds and to repeat them by himself. For this purpose it is necessary to use any chance to encourage the baby to look for sources of sounds. For example, when a car outside is noisily passing by, exclaim: Oh! What is that? This is a car!

    Draw baby’s attention to various sounds of environment: the sound of bells, hum of wind, noise of rain, rustling of leaves, tickling of a clock, cry of a rooster, barking of a dog, meowing of a cat, cawing of a crow, cooing of doves, birdsongs.

    lullabies, quiet and calm music when the baby is awake promote development of hearing. When listening to a merry music, clap your hands to the music and encourage the baby to clap too. You can swing rhythmically and wave hands to the music. Take the baby on your hands or by his hands for him to feel the rhythm of music. dance and shake rattles.

    When you introduce a new object or a phenomenon to your baby, say its name several times. For example: Flo-wer. Flower. It’s a flower. The clearer your speech is the easier it is for the baby to remember the words.


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