The Silent Bells

The children learn to distinguish the intensity of sounds by passing bells as silently as possible from one classmate to another.

Musical concept    Intensity : Loud / Soft


Priority areas of development

Secondary areas of development

  • Language : Explores
    their sensory perceptions 


  • Physical and motor : Expands their vocabulary
  • Emotional : Engages in positive experiences


  • Cognitive : Uses their reasoning skills


  • Social  : Makes contact with other children


Prerequisites : None

Necessary material

  • An interactive whiteboard, a computer, a tablet or a smartphone


  • A set of bells (musical instruments)


  • Install the Mazaam app and open the World of Lynx (intensity) module


Lesson plan

Setting the scene

1. Introduce the activity

“Today, we’re going to learn how to recognize the difference in the intensity of sounds by playing the silent bell game.”

2. Ask the children if they know what the word ‘intensity’ means, then explain what the word means in music.

3. Explain that ‘intensity’ in music refers to the power of sounds : there are louder sounds and there are softer sounds.

  • Intensity is like the sound volume on a television.


  • When the volume is turned up, the intensity is loud. We say that the volume of the sound is loud.


  • When the volume is turned down, the intensity is soft. We say that the volume of the sound is soft.


1. Organize the children in a circle for the game.

2. Explain the silent bell game.

  • The purpose of the game is to circulate the bells around the circle as silently as possible. The children need to skillfully control their movements in order to pass the bells silently from one to the other.
  • Before a child passes the bells to their classmate beside them, they must listen to an excerpt from the first game in the World of Lynx module and say whether it is loud
    or soft.                                                                                                               
    – If their answer is correct, they pass the bells to their neighbour without letting them tinkle.                                                                 
    – If their answer is wrong, the other children help the child to get the second excerpt right. They then pass the bells to their neighbour without letting them tinkle.

3. Encourage the children to watch their classmates and learn from them in order to do the exercise correctly.

The game ends when the bells have done the complete round of the group.

4. Go over with the children what they learned during the activity

And the techniques they used to control the bells effectively.

To go further

During the activity, count the number of times the bells tinkle and repeat the game in order to try and beat the group record by causing fewer tinklings than in the previous rounds.

Play the second game in the Mazaam app’s World of Lynx’s module with the children.