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The Wispy Forest Hairathalon

This activity follows lessons learned in "The Wispy Forest Hairathalon."

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Activity Recommendations

Individual or small group supervised by an adult.

What You'll Need
  • 8 small gift boxes (they should all be the same size)
  • Household objects to place in the boxes (dried beans, coins, uncooked rice, ribbons, string, paper clips, etc.)
What To Do
  1. Place objects in each box. Make two boxes of each item so every box has a match.
  2. Put 4 different boxes on a chair or table. Hide the other boxes around the kitchen or in another room.
  3. You’ll need to be sure your child puts on his or her listening ears! Tell your child to shake each box, one at a time, to hear what sound it makes. Then, explain they need to find another box that makes the same sound.
  4. Once a box is found, it’s time to match it to another one that makes the same sound. Boxes with string can be pretty tricky—kids often think there’s nothing in them!
  5. Once the boxes are matched for sound, kids can guess what objects are inside that make the sound.
Discussion Questions
  • Why doesn’t Chelsea want to listen to Barbie’s advice about her cartwheels?
  • How does Chelsea feel about Mullet Gullet when she decides to accept Barbie’s help?
Follow-Up Activities

Classic games like Simon Says, I Spy, and Telephone are fun to play and great ways to practice listening skills.


Oink, Oink Benny, by Barbro Lindgren (R&S Books, 2007) 
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen, by Howard Binkow (Thunderbolt Publishing, 2005) 
I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear, by Heinz Janisch (NorthSouth Books, 2009)


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