Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game

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Grab some kids and have fun with this language and listening game. We are always looking for ways to build language and listening skills and this simple game has a bunch of skills packed into it.
Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game. Follow directions while you have fun with your friend.

Back to Back, Ear to Ear; Language and Listening Game

We have shared this language and listening game with a few parents and therapists and they have all reported back that not only was it fun, it was effective in helping the children make progress with the target skills. It is easy to modify to work on a variety of skills.
Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game. Follow directions while you have fun with your friend.

Target Skills for Back to Back, Ear to Ear; Language and Listening Game:

  • Following directions
  • Fine motor (Drawing and cutting)
  • Directionality
  • Prepositions
  • Communication skills
  • Joint Attention
  • Auditory Processing

Materials for Back to Back, Ear to Ear; Language and Listening Game:

  • 2 sheets of paper
  • Pairs of geometric shapes in different colors.
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers

Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game

Instructions for Back to Back, Ear to Ear; Language and Listening Game:

  • Players sit back to back for this game, facing away from each other.
  • Place a sheet of paper on the ground in front of each player as well as a set of the shapes. The first player places a shape somewhere on the page and calls out the location for the other player. For example: “Put a small red square in the upper right-hand corner.”
  • Now it’s the other players turn to choose and call out instructions.
  • After a few turns, players compare their masterpieces to see how well they match up.
  • Seeing how the kids processed directions will give you good information. You can see if they are understanding or struggling with auditory processing, prepositions, descriptive words, or directionality. Here is an example where one child was having a difficult time with directionality.

Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game

Variations for more listening and language practice:

  • Use the same shape but with different attributes so that the players need to use adjectives to recognize and describe the correct shape. For example, place the BIG RED square on the bottom right corner.
  • Make the object of the game to create a picture with the shapes. That way it brings cooperation into the game.
  • Give 2 – 3 directions at a time.
  • Take turns telling a story about the picture that was made.
  • Have the child draw and cut out the shapes for more fine motor practice.

Back to Back and Ear to Ear; a Language and Listening Game

More Fun activities for practicing language and listening!

This Homemade Lego Listening Game from Stories and Children is sure to engage any child who likes building.

Teach123 has some fantastic games to help children learn to listen and follow directions.

Kathy Griffin’s Teaching Strategies uses Pete the Cat for Listening and Learning activities.

Susan Berkowitz’s Free Mystery Picture Hunt for Speech and Language Development.

8 Comments


  1. Oooo how fun!!! Definitely something I need to try with my daughter!

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  2. This is so great- and could be so easily adapted for Spanish language learning. I’m thinking about my years teaching high school Spanish and how much fun the kids would have had doing this- and it would be a perfect speaking assessment. Thank you so much for posting! ~Christa

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  3. This is such a neat game idea! I like how it incorporates creating a masterpiece to make it meaningful for the kids.

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  4. I want to try this with my 5yo! I feel like my 3yo might not get it quite yet, but it looks really neat:)

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