The sound shakers help refine the auditory sense that is heightened with children 2.5-6 years old. This is a great activity that you can make at home and helps your child match sounds. The Montessori Sound Shakers are a prerequisite activity before the introduction of bells. Sound Shakers are the first Montessori exercise to help train the child’s ear for differentiating sounds and training the ear for future music endeavours.
Make the sound shakers as accurate as possible by placing the same sized acorns and number of acorns in each shaker and its match. I chose acorns because there are so many in our backyard but another option is to put equal amounts of measured sand in each toilet paper roll.
1. Invite your child help collect acorns when they fall in the summer from a local oak tree.
2. If you are using sand and a measuring cup your child can help measure.
3. Use a pencil to trace toilet paper roll on card stock paper and cut out, cut out 12.
4. Your child can paint the shakers, three one colour and three a different colour.
5. Paint the toilet paper rolls and tops first before gluing together.
6. Use a strong glue to glue the tops and bottom to the shakers (adult activity).
6 bathroom tissue roles
Recycled cardboard or a sheet of cardstock to cover tops and bottoms
36 Acorns or sand measured equally three different amounts.
2 sets of 4 matching acorns
2 sets of 6 matching acorns
2 sets of 8 matching acorns
Paint (2 distinct colours)
Basket or Tray for shakers
Organizing Sound Shakers and Acorns Step 2
Gluing Tops onto Sound Shakers and Marking Step 3
Matching Sound Shakers
Line up sound shakers and hold both ends with thumb and first finger and shake a pink shaker and then shake a green shaker to find the match. Children often use 2 shakers at a time one in each ear. This may be what they need to do to match the shakers and it is not necessary to correct the child. Demonstrate shaking one shaker at a time; eventually the child may match this way that is more challenging.
Acorns can fall apart so find ones that are solid.
Cut the tops of sound shakers a bit bigger to glue and trim once they are painted.
Make sure to use strong glue.
Practice first before showing to your child and shake holding both ends.
Reinforce with tape or elastics if necessary.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU TRIED THIS ACTIVITY AND HOW IT WENT?