An active listening activity for 5 to 7 year olds to develop cognitive reasoning skills.
Most children have great hearing, but listening is a totally different skill. Children need to learn to engage their brains to process and make use of whatever they are listening to (or seeing/doing) and make choices about what to do with that information. Basically to be attentive to the world around them, rather than a mere observer as if mindlessly watching TV.
By listening and following the verbal instructions children learn to make use of experiences, soaking in information, internalising it and using it for their own purpose.
This is also a great activity for building self-confidence. Children begin to feel confident that they do know what to do and can do it by themselves. The degree of flexibility involved also encourages children to start to make their own decisions and feel confident to just have a go when they are not sure about something.