The listening game and celebrating National Book Week 2012

“The Listening Walk” by Paul Showers is a book I have owned for as long as I can remember.  I really wanted to share it with my class but had to go digging through my piles of books laying all over the floor to find it.

I would like to tell you my books are all up on the shelves in nice neat rows but sadly, they are currently stacked up in piles all over the floor.

“The Listening Walk” is a book about a child going for a walk and taking the time to listen to the the different sounds in her world. Along the way, the child hears sounds that are familiar to most preschool age children. Sounds like a dog barking, a baby crying, the lawn mower, shoes tapping, and so forth. It is a simple book with great illustrations that tell a story all by themselves.

In fact, this book would also be a great book to start off with a picture walk. The illustrations alone tell the story quite well. I didn’t think of taking a picture walk at the time though – so I will mark that down as an idea for next year.

After reading the book, the children listened to a few sounds that I had downloaded onto my cell phone.  As they listened to each sound, they would try and guess what it was.  The children had no problem guessing what most of the sounds were since they were familiar with most of them like a phone ringing, a clock ticking, and the sound of a car driving by.

And then we played a simple sound game with our “Listening tubes.”  We painted these tubes over 4 weeks ago and they were supposed to be rainsticks when we finished them but we never got around to finishing them up. So after reading this post about listening tubes by Preschool Daze, our rainsticks were now magically transformed into listening tubes! And just so you know, not one of my preschoolers even questioned this executive decision.

To play the listening tube game, I started us off by saying “hello” into my neighbor’s tube and my neighbor had to guess what I said. By the way, we talked about how we can’t shout into the tubes or it will hurt our ears but sure enough we had one of our three year old’s who just couldn’t resist and shouted into the tube.  But luckily, his neighbor wasn’t really listening all that well anyway.  Each child took a turn saying something into their neighbor’s listening tube but I heard lots of giggling and goofy sounds going on more than any real words being shared.

Tomorrow, I will share with you part two of our Listening Walk adventures! Now don’t go away, be sure to check out the  Children’s Book Week Linky below. If you are viewing this post by email, reader, or, then you may have to come to the regular blog post to view the linky.

Question of the day…

So am I the only one that is completely unorganized by this time of the school year? How organized are your materials right now?

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By |2012-05-07T10:00:02+00:00May 7th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ness @ One Perfect Day May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am - Reply

    What a great idea. Brilliant executive decision by the way. 😉 We will be trying this for sure. I can see lots of giggles coming from my little one with this game!

  2. Amanda May 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I love this idea! I’m also so very happy about the linky party. J is really into books lately, and I want to start doing more book related activities with him. I can’ wait to see all the great ideas. Thank you!

  3. Lois Tschaepe May 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Unorganized is not the word – total chaos in my “command post central” (office)!

  4. Lorie May 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I love this – it’s like an extra fun game of telephone. I think that books on the floor and happy students shows you have your priorities straight!

    Thank you so much for the comments on my blog. You are always so encouraging to other bloggers – I can only imagine how special you make your students feel. Happy, happy, happy teacher appreciation week!

  5. andiejaye May 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    this sounds like such fun. i’d never thought of using the paper towel rolls to play telephone!

  6. [email protected] May 8, 2012 at 1:40 am - Reply

    What a fun twist to an activity yet to be completed. Looks as though the children had a blast. I can not wait to see the follow up post.

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