Check out this printable volume game for kids! It’s a great way to help kids learn to use an appropriate volume and tone of voice.
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Bringing kids’ awareness to how they can use their voices to create different volumes and styles of speaking is a great way to teach kids to regulate their volume levels and to use an appropriate voice for any given situation.
I recently came up with this volume game to use with our kids at The Treehouse and it was a big hit! This is a great one for kids who have difficulty controlling loud voices. Here’s how to play…
What you’ll need:
-Plastic cups with the bottoms cut out
-Printable pictures and spinners (see below)
-If you’re playing the game on a virtual session with a child, pull up these two spinners and use them on screenshare:
How to play:
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Cut the bottoms out of your cups. Print out and laminate the pictures and spinners. Cut out each of the pictures and tape or glue them to each cup. Assemble your spinners using brad fasteners and paper clips.
Have kids take turns spinning both of the spinners. One spinner will indicate which question they have to answer. The other spinner indicates how they should answer the question.
Have them choose the cup that matches the picture on the spinner and then answer the question in the correct way, using the cup as a mini megaphone!
For example, if they spin “How old are you?” and “Say it slowly” – they should choose the cup with the turtle on it and then whisper (using a full sentence) the answer to the question – “I am five years old.”
How to change it up:
-See if kids can create other styles of speaking. You can even add a star picture (or more than one) to the spinner to indicate that kids should make up their own style!
-Use the game to introduce a conversation about appropriate voices for different settings. What is an appropriate voice for the library? How about a restaurant? What might our voices sound like on the playground? Why are they different?
-Have kids decorate their own megaphone cups to take with them. They can use them in the classroom or in other settings as a reminder to use an appropriate voice and volume, no matter where they are!
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