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Activities That Explore Hearing for 0-2 Year Olds

Help your child learn about different sounds with these exciting and engaging activities.

Learning Benefits

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Fine Motor Skills

Senses: Children under the age of three explore and learn through their senses. To support development across all areas, use the following activities to engage and excite your baby or toddler. 

  • Listening Walk: Build awareness of the sounds of every day life. Take a stroll to a park or through your neighborhood. Help your child hone in on the sounds you're hearing, both natural and human-made. Explore every day sounds that interest your child, such as watching the dump truck work, or scouting out the nest of the bird in the tree.  
  • Packing Bubbles Pop Play: Tape down a sheet of packing bubbles and tiptoe or stomp across them. How many can your child pop?
  • Shake, Rattle, and RollExperiments with sounds provide your baby with basic lessons about music.
  • Fun With Wrapping Paper: Captivate your child with the sights and sounds of these crinkly activities.
  • Sound Discrimination: Pour unpopped popcorn, dry beans, dryrice or dry noodles into a cleaned water bottle. Glue gun or crazy glue on the top — or ensure the cap is fitter tightly closed. Place the bottle in a clean sock. Let your child explore the different sounds.
    • As he gets older, can he guess what is in the bottle without looking?
    • Make two of each kind and see if your child can find the match.
    • Have your child shake the bottle out of the sock and then inside the sock and talk about the differences you hear.


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