Sound Charades

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In this game, learners create flash cards with an image on one side (of an animal, for example) and the sound that animal makes on the other. The object of this game is to use your mouth and your body to make the sounds on the card. The other learners on the team try to guess the sound being made.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
1 to 2 hours

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Game

English, Spanish

Materials List (per group of students)

  • 25 cards with words and pictures (laminated, if you want)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
      • Perception

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Music
  • Performing Arts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

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


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Youth Sound Crew

Funding Sources:

  • Harman International
  • National Science Foundation
  • NEC Foundation of America