Age group: Preschool
Domain: Social Skills
Workout: Inside Voice, Outside Voice
- Explain to your child that there are times when it is okay to talk, laugh, or even sing loudly. Explain that this type of voice is an “outside” voice and should only be used outside, or times when people are playing.
- Explain to your child that there are times when he or she will have to talk quietly and whisper. Tell your child that this type of voice is an “inside” voice and that it should be used in places like a library, or at school.
- Demonstrate an “outside” voice for your child. For example, you could jump up and down while laughing and singing in a loud voice. Ask your child to demonstrate an “outside” voice.
- Demonstrate an “inside” voice for your child. For example, you could lean in close to your child and whisper a statement to him or her. Ask your child to demonstrate an “inside” voice.
- Tell your child that you will be playing a game using “outside” and “inside” voices.
- When you say “outside” voice you and your child should demonstrate what an “outside” voice is like. When you say “inside” voice you and your child should demonstrate what an “inside” voice is like.
- At the end of the game, discuss all of the different ways that you demonstrated an “outside” and “inside” voice. Review places/ways in which an outside and inside voice should be used.
Expand this workout
- Use the term “outside” and “inside” voice during everyday conversation.
- Talk about why “inside” voices are needed.
- Hold a towel or pillowcase between you. Use an “inside voice” and hold the towel close to the ground. As you raise the towel, raise your voice to be an “outside” voice. Then lower your voice and the towel.