To do: Find a park or nature preserve to sit silently. Speak about the sounds you heard during your silence.
Time: 15 minutes
Materials: A park
The “Silence Game” is a tried and true activity from the Montessori classroom. For this activity, we want to invite you to take this game out of the classroom and into the park!
The object of the Silence Game is preparation for self-control. By first sitting quietly, and then moving carefully when called upon, the child learns that they have power over their movements! Here’s our idea to play this game in a park, backyard, or nature reserve.
Find a nice place to sit in nature. Perhaps bring a blanket with you for this purpose! Next, tell your child you’re going to play the Silence Game. Sit silently for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then when the adult whispers “stop” or “time”, you discuss what you heard during the silence! Perhaps birds were chirping, a squirrel was scratching a tree, or maybe you even heard your own heartbeat!
To make it interesting for the child, try incorporating movements. For example, “How silently can you walk to that tree over there? I bet the birds won’t even hear you!”
This game will help hone listening skills and provide the opportunity to learn new vocabulary by identifying the sounds all around you. Speak about bird song, rustling of the leaves, or even city noises like trucks or cars.
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