Noisy Animal Pairs

Thinking & Engaging
Thinking & Engaging

Participants get familiarized with the various sounds animals make as they search for their matching pair.  


  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Bag or other container


Can you help the animals find their partners?


  1. On pieces of paper, write down the names of animals that your group is familiar with.
  2. The number of animal names you write down should correspond with half of the number of participants in your group. (ie. If there are 10 children in your group, then there are 5 different animal names).
  3. Write each animal’s name on two pieces of paper.
  4. Place all animal names into the bag or other container, shuffle, and have each participant select a piece of paper at random.
  5. With each participant keeping their selection a secret from other, instruct the group to walk around the room imitating the movement and sound of their drawn animal.
  6. While they do this, they must pay attention to the movements and sounds of the other participants and try to find the participant who is imitating their same animal.
  7. When participants have found their animal pair, they must sit down together. The first pair wins but the game continues until everyone has found their pair.


  • Get creative and think up your own modifications.


  • There are no foreseeable safety concerns for this activity.


  • Was is easy finding your animal partner?
  • Could the same animal make a different noise?

Submitted by: Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

Obtained from: 501 TV-Free Activities For Kids, pg.18