If your children or students are like most, they have a hard time paying attention and listening at times. You can build this skill with practice, and it’s more fun if you can make a game out of it. Try Popcorn Listening!
You’ll need a set of cards that have simple directions on them, in the form of “When you see/hear _____ then you _________.” Put the cards in sequence so that one leads to the next.
Now shuffle them up. Each player will need at least one card, and if you’re playing with a small group, you can have several cards per player, making sure that they are not in such an order that the players always respond in the same sequence.
See how long it takes the group to go through the actions without any errors. If you time the activity, they can work to improve their reaction time. It’s a great way to get them engaged with listening skills, and a lesson they’ll not soon forget.
If you’re interested, I’ve got a set of cards all made up for this great group game. It’s designed for a classroom-sized group, but you could use it for a smaller group or a family simply by leaving a few cards out. You can get more details at Popcorn Listening Game .