Speaking Skills: Read My Lips

Conscious Lip Reading

Developing an awareness of how our lips, teeth, cheeks and tongue move when we make sounds helps us to speak more clearly. It also helps us to understand others. Subconsciously we rely so heavily on lip reading when we are listening to others that children who are hearing impaired can get by for a long time before anyone realises that they can’t hear.

Set Up & Game Play

Put the sound cards into a lucky dip container. ¬†One person draws out a card and mouths the sound (exaggerate the movement – it’s a bit like Charades for the mouth), and the other player has to guess what the sound is. If they guess correctly,they keep the card, and whoever has the most cards at the end is the winner.

After each turn, talk about how you made the sound to help them work it out. For example, “I put my lips together, and then I opened my mouth.” (for the sound “B”).


  1. To make it easier, don’t put similar sounds into the lucky dip box e.g. /p/ and /b/.
  2. Try saying words that start with the sound you draw out but give a clue or it will be too tricky. For example, “Something I can see in this room”, “It’s an animal” etc.
  3. Introduce actions like charades to give clues about the word you are ‘saying’.


Also Works On: Visual Perception, Metalinguistic Skills (Playing With Language), Attention, Memory, Problem Solving, Understanding Others, Bilateral Motor Integration (if you introduce actions/charades)


Activity Materials


You Will Need...

  • Lucky dip container – a box or bowl.
  • Sound cards (download from below)