1. Experiment with not using your voice. Try it out for an hour, two hours or a whole day! It can be fun to find other ways to communicate, but set aside time at the end of the day to discuss what you found fun and what you found challenging about being ‘voice-less’.
2. Listen to some of the recordings made for The Listening Project, a collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and The British Library. The idea is to capture the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations. It’s an incredible archive packed with interesting, funny, moving and warm-hearted conversations from across the UK. You can even upload your own conversation.
3. Put some music on and have a good sing song. Singing is a really uplifting and celebratory activity to share. You could download the lyrics to favourite songs, or even try out karaoke.
4. Set off on a voyage of discovery finding out how the voice works. Resources might include a trip to the library, an Internet search, or you could check out some of the videos on Youtube like The Voice is Like a Car or Fantastic Voyage.
5. Your vocal chords are roughly the size of a postage stamp. Isn’t it amazing how much noise you can make? See who can sing or yodel the loudest!