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This activity includes several games about animal sounds. Using their sense of hearing and communicating with various kinds of noisemakers, learners role-play predator and prey. They explore what it's like for vision impaired animals, and those that are active at night. They learn different ways animals use sound to attract mates, frighten away predators, navigate, and more. Several extension activities are suggested including field trips, recording animal sounds, and trying to mimic an animal call.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 1 mask (a brown paper bag large enough to fit over the head) for each learner
  • 1 noisemaker for each learner (such as whistles, horns, rattles, bells, clickers, drums you buy or make)
  • scissors
  • several index cards
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 box for carrying noisemakers
  • crayons or colored markers


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Music
  • Nature and Environment
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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