Sound Collector Chart

Sound Collector Chart - downloadable activity

Listening is an important life skill for relating to others and foundational for a life of prayer. Help children practice listening by inviting them to be sound collectors. This month’s downloadable activity is inspired by The Virtue of Listening by Aleix Cabrera and Vinyet Montaner.

Download the Sound Collector Chart to use with young children at home or in classroom settings. Here are some ways to use the chart in faith formation:

  • Collect sounds in different seasons or settings, completing a chart each time, and make a book of children’s findings.
  • Record sounds to accompany the project. Play the sounds for family members or classmates to see if they can identify them.
  • Involve older children by listening together to poet Roger McGough reading his poem called, “The Sound Collector.” Discuss how sounds are gifts from God that add depth to our life experience. Ask children what sounds they would miss if they disappeared.
  • Discuss with children the importance of listening for God’s voice. Look up and read 1 Kings 19:11–13, the LORD coming to Elijah in the quiet. Discuss the passage, and lead into a time of being quiet to listen for God’s voice.

In all variations of this activity, be sensitive to those with hearing impairments.

More activities related to The Virtue of Listening and the other books in The Virtue Series, as well as ordering information, are available at

About Joe Paprocki 2742 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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