Good Communication

Communication skills are vital to a child's development. Getting good at listening, describing and discussing the world around them will give your child confidence, and help them interact with adults and other children. Going on a sound walk is a great way to practice these skills. Talking and listening together improves your bond with your child, it makes them feel important and listened to and encourages them to listen to you in return.

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Sound Collector Walk

Every season brings new sounds to talk about, here's our suggestions for Autumn plus a list of other general sounds you might be able to collect along the way. Just print the downloadable form and take it with you each time you go out. Every time your child hears a sound ask them to describe it, discuss where it comes from then tick the correct box and be a sound collector!

What to do:

  • 1.

    CRUNCHY LEAVES
    Encourage your child to stomp, jump and them and listen to the different sounds they make

  • 2.

    CONKERS
    Falling from trees or children playing with them

  • 3.

    GUSTY WIND BLOWING
    Whistle to your child every time you hear it blow

  • 4.

    FIREWORKS AND CRACKLING BONFIRES
    Especially around the 5th of November!

  • 5.

    PITTER-PATTER RAIN
    Listen with your child and describe the sound, is it gentle patters or loud taps or even thunder claps?

  • 6.

    STOMPING AND SLOSHING
    After the rain it’s welly boot time, who can make the loudest stamps and splashes!

  • 7.

    BIRDS TWEETING
    Autumn is when flocks of birds migrate, can you hear them flying overhead?

  • 8.

    MORE SOUNDS...
    We have a whole list of other general sounds to collect, just click the 'Download Activity' button (left) to download the full collector form.