Sounds Of Nature


Going on a playgroup listening walk provides children with an opportunity to hear a range of new sounds. They may hear bird songs, insects buzzing or chirping, the wind through the trees, leaves crunching underfoot and dogs barking. Talk with them quietly about the sounds they hear – are they soft or loud, long or short, do they make a pattern? You may also hear sounds introduced into the environment by us like cars going by, construction work and aeroplanes flying overhead. This simple activity helps a child develop their listening and communication skills and feeds their cognitive ability because they must stop and think about the noises they are hearing.

What you need?

  • There are no resources needed for this activity, just whatever can be seen or found in nature.


1. Take a tape recorder and record some of the sounds on your listening walk. Use the recording during future sessions for a listening game where the children try to identify the sounds.

2. Collect natural items like leaves, twigs, seed pods, shells, etc. that can be used as instruments in an environmental orchestra and then attach the pieces with string to a clothes hanger to make a mobile.


If your playgroup venue doesn’t have a safe outdoor area, visit a local park or beach.

Extension of the activity

  • Rainy days can be a wonderful source of new listening experiences. The rain falling on the roof and against the windows, the wind and thunder associated with storms.
  • See: Rain Painting activity.
  • Your playgroup may like to make some rainsticks for the children to use to recreate the sound of the rain.

Language Structure / Keywords

This activity may incorporate the use of word sounds (e.g., buzzing, chirping, rustling). Talk with the children about the differences in origin between sounds.