Mystery Noises

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In this game (4th activity on the page) about hearing, learners test their ability to identify various sounds without looking. Suggestions for the sounds include shaking coins, tearing paper, and bouncing a ball. The educator can make the sounds or learners can take turns producing the noises. This activity page includes a link to background information about the ear and hearing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Objects for making sound effects like pennies/coins, chalkboard erasers, pencil/pen, book, paper/foil, stapler, ball, etc.


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All rights reserved, Eric H. Chudler, 2009