Using a clonkerboard in your classroom!

Here is a list of Clonker board activities, including ideas for you to use in your everyday classroom practice – we hope you enjoy them! These are a progression of exercises that can build gradually. Don’t rush. Each idea is a whole session. 

A list of Clonker board activities:       

Introduce a rhythm to ‘pitter patter’ on the board.  Repeat the last activity using drum/silence. Keep this rhythm, pace and intensity throughout the whole session. Repeat, but use a different rhythm. Repeat the last three but now use your hand to pat the board. This is quite a different experience to pitter pattering. Repeat, keeping your nails on the board. Experiment with the variety of sensations. Does the learner indicate any preference? 

Explore different intensities of sound, building up to a loud sound and then quietening to silence. Remember to move your hands/fingers from the learner’s body outwards then back again around the learner’s body. 


The Rumble: Make eye contact if possible. ‘Shh’ – finger to mouth. ‘Ready’ – plus sign. Build up the sounds quietly, building to loud bangs. Say: ‘Stop’ Lift up hands to indicate the end and allow a few moments to experience silence. Give the learner the opportunity to ask for more. Copy the learner . if he/she taps. See if the learner will copy your taps. 


Tap the board three times and say: “I can see…” silence – tap twice (or appropriate number of syllables in learner’s name) – Ethan! Repeat many times. Then pat three times, say: “I can see” – then WAIT. Does the learner touch, tap, vocalise? Does the learner move a little? If so, take this to mean you continue – tap twice and say ‘Ethan’.  Build on this, working towards vocalising before you continue. 


The learner has his/her feet on the board holding one end of a rope. You are on the opposite side holding the other end. Encourage them to lift the rope up and down, clanking it on the board, pulling it backwards and forwards and snaking it from side to side.

Naomi Rosenberg.

Need to know more about using a clonkerboard in your classroom? ‘Naomi is leading our ‘SShhhh…Sounds Sensory!’ course in November 2019.

Find out further information about this event here – SShhh…Sounds Sensory!

Take your clonkerboard to the next level…attach a speaker to it!

This is a fabulous idea for attaching the speaker to a resonance or clonker board.