Meditation Listening Games

For PreK-6

These games and activities are developed to help children grasp the connection between listening inwardly to their own nature to the sounds of the natural environment. Although these activities are geared for young children, older children enjoy them as well.

Sounds That Talk

Form groups and have players talk about sounds that tell them something.
• Horns on cars and trucks warn____________________________.
• Tea kettles whistle to let us know__________________________.
• The ringer on a telephone or doorbell tells us________________.
• Smoke alarms go off when________________________________. 

Meditation Sound Bottles

Materials needed: 6 glass bottles & pencils


Fill three bottles with increasing amount of water.
Label them 1 -2 -3.


Using a pencil, hit each bottle gently on its side and have the players listen to the sounds of each bottle.


Have players close their eyes and guess which bottle you are hitting by raising 1 -2 -3 fingers. Verify by telling them which bottle you hit.


To make the game more challenging, start increasing the number of bottles with various amount of water in them.


Have students form groups and take turns hitting the bottles. The rest of the players continue to listen and to raise 1 - 2 - 3 fingers to indicate the bottle they hear.

What’s in the Box?

Materials needed:
• Collect a variety of small objects, different sizes and textures, in a paper bag.
• A small cardboard box with a lid. The box should be small enough to hold easily and big enough for a small item to roll around when you shake it.

Turn your back to the children and select one item from the bag and place it in the cardboard box. Pass the box around and allow students to shake it and guess what is in it. If no one guesses you can tell them the correct answer. After a few rounds, have children take turns putting items in the box and challenging everyone else. Form small groups so everyone has a turn.

1. If I had shown you the items first, would it have been easier or harder? Why?
2. What information did you get from shaking the box?
3. What clues did you gain to guide you when listening to others? 


Sound Vibration

Have children put their ears on the table and tap their fingertips on the table at the same time. What happens to the sound of the tapping?

Meditation Sound Walk

Take children on a sound walk. Tell them is to listen and be careful not to distract their friends by talking. When students return to classroom, have them make a list of all the sounds they heard, in their journal.

Concept: Our world is full of sounds, some of which we only hear when we are quiet and concentrating.

Listening Near and Far

Have a quiet minute where students pay close attention to every single sound they hear in the classroom.

• When the minute is up, have them listen to sounds outside.
• After another minute, have them listen to sounds far away.
• Have students pair and share the sounds they heard or list them in a journal.
• For older children, have them increase the sounds.


Resting Your Ears

Say to students: “Every now and then, it’s good to give your ears a rest. Cover them with your hands and close your eyes. Next, imagine a place that is quiet, very quiet. Allow your ears to rest in the quiet for a while. Now open your eyes and allow your hands to rest as the quiet fades away. It’s fun to listen to sounds, but it’s also fun to listen to the quiet.”

Follow up activities at home:
• Try having a quiet time each evening…no television, no talking, no loud noises.
• Respect your parent’s quiet space, not talking, yelling, playing music or turning up the television too loudly. 


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