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Overview and benefit

Learning to listen is an essential life skill. Children that learn how to listen will be able to follow instructions and learn more from the people they interact with. Listening is a learnt skill and children will also learn it by example. Therefore it is important that you listen to what your own child has to say to you too if you want them to return the compliment.

Equipment required

  • Sound stories

Link to resources

Training videos

Sound Stories-1 from MAD Academy on Vimeo.


  • Two to three weeks

How it works

Listening to stories is one of the best ways of teaching the children to listen. Better still if the stories have sounds associated to the action them.

What to do in the class

Explain to the children that they are going to hear a short story. Have a few props to help bring the story alive for them

There are four short stories:

  1. Ralph visits the Zoo
  2. Ralph’s day at the Airshow
  3. Ralph Helps at Home
  4. Ralph’s Bedtime
  5. Ralph’s Picnic

Pick a story and play it to the children using the suggested props for each story. Afterwards have a short discussion with the group to see what they remember about the story.

You can either use the pictures or you can bring in your own props to illustrate the story

Adaptation for older/younger children

Using props will help the younger children to engage with the story. Older children should be able to discuss the story with you afterwards to some extent.

What to do in a nursery setting

No adaptation required.


If you say at the beginning that it is ‘story time’ particularly with nursery children, they will understand what is coming and are more likely to settle and tune in to what they are hearing.