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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 activity makes use of the guess the sounds, but it focuses on animal noises and discriminating between more sounds in one go.

Training video

Animal Bingo part 1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Animal Bingo2-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

animal bingo 3 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

animal bingo 4 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

sport sound bingo from MAD Academy on Vimeo.

Equipment required

  • Bingo sheets and matching cards (two different cards) for each class
  • Eight sounds corresponding to two sets of cards

Link to resources


Two to three weeks

How it works

Children are given a bingo card with pictures on it. They then listen to the noises, the children have to identify the noise with the assistance of the parent and, put their matching card onto their bingo sheet.

What to do in the class

Have two different bingo cards so that a child will not necessarily have every sound on their card. Give each child and parent a bingo card along with the four matching cards for their sheet. Play the sounds and with the parents support the children will identify and name the thing which made the noise and cover the corresponding picture on their bingo sheet with the small card.

There are 6 themes of bingo games to choose from and a variety of cards for each game. You can choose to stick to one theme over a course of a few weeks, using different cards each time, or switch between themes.

Animals Transport Bodies Farms Beach Water Sport

  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Monkey
  • Snake
  • Cat
  • Parrot
  • Dog
  • Donkey
  • Horse
  • Duck
  • Pig
  • Elephant
  • Cuckoo
  • Frog
  • Woodpecker
  • Goose
  • Owl
  • Chicken
  • Cockerel
  • Bees

  • Train
  • Plane
  • Lorry
  • Helicopter
  • Police car
  • Motor bike
  • Car
  • Boat
  • Ambulance

  • Coughing
  • Clapping
  • Baby laughing
  • Footsteps
  • Snoring
  • Crowd cheering
  • Knocking
  • Heartbeat
  • Voice
  • Whistling
  • Whooping

  • Chick
  • Cockerel
  • Cow
  • Geese
  • Chicken
  • Donkey
  • Horse
  • Pig
  • Sheep
  • Tractor

  • Whale
  • Waves
  • Boat
  • Seal
  • Seagull
  • Dolphin

  • Bath filling
  • Dripping
  • Fizzy drink pouring
  • Rain
  • Shower
  • Splash
  • Stone in water
  • Waves crashing

  • Diving Board
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Cheering Crowd
  • Tennis
  • Start of a Running Race
  • Archery
  • Trampoline
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Bicycle

The following versions are also available – Halloween, Christmas and Pirate – to be used in themed classes and parties.

What to do in a nursery setting

No amendment for a nursery setting, but small children will need some adult support to achieve the task.