Learn to Listen Through Sound Fun

Parents help children expand their listening skills by pointing out sounds. Toys, animals, actions, vehicles and other sounds can be explored when they occur. Families can also identify different sounds for their child to notice in their daily routine. Therapists may suggest specific sounds for the listening experience. The list below can be used to create listening opportunities. Listening is fun to do together.

Toys Vehicles
Bubbles pop-pop Ambulance woo, woo, woo
Clown Hahaha Boat p, p, p, (whisper)
Doll wa, wa, wa Bus bu, bu, bu
Shovel dig Car beep, beep
Top round and round Helicopter wapa, wapa, wapa
Siren oowar, oowar
Train ch ch ch oo
Truck bbrrr
Animal Actions
Bear gr-gr Airplane aahhh
Bird tweet, tweet Cowboy  yahoo
Cat mmmeeeeooww Drip plop, plop
Chick buk, buk, buk Eating mmm
Cow mmmoooo Falling down ouch
Crow caw, caw No no, no, no
Dog bow wow, woof woof Raining pitter, patter
Duck quack, quack Rocking la, la, la
Horse (click tongue) Running gg-g-g- gggoooo
Monkey hee, hee Santa Claus ho, ho,ho
Owl hoo, hoo Sleeping sssshhhhh
Pig oink, oink Slide whee
Rabbit hop, hop, hop Up up, up, up
Rooster cock-a-doodle-doo Walk walk, walk, walk
Sheep baa, baa Wave bye, bye, bye
Snake sssssssssss Wind blowing whoosh

Adapted from:

Estabrooks, W. (Ed.). (1998). Cochlear Implants for Kids. Washington, DC:Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf. Wilson, K. (2004, Oct.). Listen up! A model of auditory learning, games, activities, strategies, & techniques for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Presentation. Norfolk, VA.