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My, What Big Ears You Have!

Skip knows the advantages of having big ears. If you’d like to learn about them too, try this activity.


What you need

  • a set of ears, pure and simple!


What you do

  1. Ask your child to name some animals with large ears. If he or she needs help, you can suggest deer, dogs, rabbits, cats, donkeys along with others.

  2. Explain that these big ears help animals hear well. Many animals can move their ears toward the direction a sound is coming from. That helps them hear it better. Ask your child if people can move their ears toward a sound without moving their heads. Ask your child to give it a try!

  3. Large ears can also gather up the sound so animals can hear it better. Tell your child that we can’t make our ears grow to try this out! But we can cup our ears with our hands and listen quietly to the sounds around us. Do they sound different now? Can your child hear more? What does he or she hear?

Some more fun ear facts to share:

  • We have nine muscles in our ears, which should help them move. But most of them don’t work. Some people can use a few of those muscles to wiggle their ears. Can you?

  • Dogs have 17 muscles in their ears so they can move them around to catch the sounds of their world.

  • Elephants hear well too, but their large ears have another function. Elephants flap their thin ears to cool the blood that’s inside them. When the blood goes back into the elephant’s body, it helps cool the body down too.


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