We’ve been playing a lot of auditory games lately. I get such a kick out of how much the kids enjoy these easy games! Their smiles are infectious.
I’ll start sharing some of these games with you. They’re easy to do on the run, especially while you’re driving. Turn off those electronics, and you’ll have a chance to bond with your kids, improve auditory processing skills, and have fun!
My Two Cents
I’ve been “harping” on this subject a lot, but I think it’s important to keep at it. I am seeing students with more and more auditory processing issues. I believe, and research backs this up, that this is in large part due to all of the technology students have access to. That doesn’t mean you have to make your kids stop cold turkey. It means you should be careful with your kids and technology.
So, Pack that Suitcase!
Here are the instructions for “Going to Grandma’s House. (You can change the name to anybody you know.) The more people you have for this game, the more fun it is!
- You start by saying, “I’m going to Grandma’s house, and I’m packing…”
- You will name an item that you would take to your Grandma’s house, for instance, a dress.
- The next person repeats the beginning phrase, repeats the item you stated, and comes up with another item. For example, at this point, the student would say, “I’m going to Grandma’s house and I’m taking a dress and a shirt.
- The next person continues in this manner. He/she adds an item to take after citing the other two items and the beginning phrase.
- Continue taking turns in this manner until somebody forgets an item. Play starts over at this point.
I laughed with the kids when they came up with silly items like a glass of milk or a pet frog. You can refine this game however you’d like by putting constraints on the items. For instance, you can say that all items are to be clothes or animals. You can make it silly to have more fun.
Enjoy this game as often as you can, and you’ll be surprised how auditory memory and processing skills are honed. Be sure to have the student use the beginning phrase as well as remembering the items. It is important for auditory processing as well as remembering the items.