Babies Walkers to 2 2s to 3s 3s to 4s

Overview and benefit

Auditory discrimination is very important in learning to speak and say new words and later when they are learning phonics. This activity teaches children to really tune in and listen carefully. This is very similar to Guess the Sound, but involves ‘real’ objects.

Training video

Sound Box-1-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Equipment required

  • A bag to contain objects
  • A selection of objects suggested below

Link to resources


Do this activity for at least 3 weeks so babies learn to anticipate what is going on and begin to tune into the noise they are listening to.

How it works

Have a bag with 5 or 6 objects in which make a noise. You sing the song as an introduction then place your hand into the bag and make one of the objects make a sound.

What to do in the class

Sit with the babies in a circle. Show them your bag and explain you have lots of noisy things inside. Sing the little rhyme sung to the tune of Farmer in the Dell:

What can you hear?

What can you hear?

Listen well, can you tell

What might appear?

Then make one of your objects make a noise in the bag, so that your babies all pay attention and watch as you draw it out. When it’s revealed make the noise again and show it clearly to your babies.

Possible items to go into a bag could be:

  • A squeaky toy
  • Some keys
  • Rustley paper
  • Spoons
  • Bag of crisps
  • A balloon (that you rub)
  • Animal noise Toys
  • Any toy that sings a song or plays a tune
  • A musical instrument
  • A pop gun

Adaptations for older/younger children

See if the children can guess what the object is before you withdraw it and show them.

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation is required.