Try these listening skills activities along with the interactive books to encourage your child to listen. This is great for both preschoolers and toddlers!
Interactive Books to Encourage Listening Skills
These books are a great started for encouragement your child’s listening skills.
After reading them, follow them up with the listening activities that we’ve listed at the bottom of this post.
There’s a Monster in Your Book by Tom Fletcher (ages 3-7)
Oh no! There’s a (cute) monster in the book!
Children must follow directions to get the monster out of the book.
Will shaking, turning, tickling, blowing, tilting, spinning, and making noises get the monster to leave? Yes!
But now the monster is in your room.
Can you follow the directions to get the monster back in the book and help him sleep?
See our listening skills activities at the end of this post to follow up this book!
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (ages 1-4)
Act like animals throughout this book while following the directions on each page.
- Can you turn your head like a penguin?
- Can you thump your chest like a gorilla?
- Can you stomp your feet like an elephant?
Other questions to consider:
- Are there any other motions these animals may do that you can do?
- For example, can you waddle like a penguin?
This is a great book to get kids up and moving.
Check out these fun penguin activities to learn more about penguins.
Let’s Play by Hervé Tullet (ages 3-6)
Press pages, trace a line with a finger, point to colored dots, count to ten, and more as you help a dot through this book.
Other questions to consider while reading:
- What color are the dots?
- How many dots are on these pages?
- What do red, green, and yellow lights mean?
We have a lot of listening skills activities at the end of this post to follow up this book!
Don’t Push the Button by Bill Cotter (ages 4-6)
This book has one rule at the beginning: Don’t push the button.
But the little monster named Larry can’t help it.
Larry tells you to push the button (when no one is looking).
Pushing the button leads to some interesting consequences, and the reader is encouraged to continue pushing the button, shaking the book, and tickling Larry to get things back to normal (or at least close to normal).
Additional discussion questions to consider while reading:
- Should you do something you know you shouldn’t do even if no one is looking? Why or why not?
- What should you do if a friend tells you to do something your parent told you not to do?
- What might happen if you do something you shouldn’t do?
- What are consequences?
- Did Larry have any consequences for not listening?
Follow up these interactive books with the listening skills activities we’ve listed down below!
Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley (ages 1-4)
This is a great book to get kids moving around.
Kids must follow directions throughout the entire book.
- How well can they stomp their feet?
- find objects of different colors?
- clap their hands?
- spin in a circle without falling?
- and more?
Add onto these books with the listening skills activities below too!
Listening Skills Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers
Extend these books into actually doing activities and practice their listening skills even further! These activities are a great follow up to the interactive books listed above.
Simon Says is a very popular game to play with kids to practice listening skills and following directions.
Here are even more listening skills activities to try at home to go along with the interactive books listed above.
- Dance and move around to the music with this follow directions game perfect for preschoolers.
- Try these 5 playful listening activities to work on listening skills from Playing with Words 365.
- How big of a block tower can you build with this blocks listening activity?
- Allow kids to follow the picture directions found in Lego kits on their own to make a Lego block creation.
- Do these silly listening ears actually help you listen better? Maybe not, but they are sure to cause some laughter.
- Try one of the twelve sound sensory activities listed from these 48 non-touch sensory activities.
- Listen while exploring sound with this music water experiment.