DIY Sound Shaker for Toddlers and Preschoolers

DIY Sound Shaker for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Discover sound vibrations with this easy and fun preschool activity. 

Do you ever find yourself finishing off a favorite food and thinking, wow, that is a great container. I could reuse that! Well, maybe not, but I do! 

I think about the landfills and how gross all of the garbage build up truly is. Yet some garbage can have a fantastic repurpose opportunity such as these sound makers. This particular can came from Baby's Only Formula cans and items found in the kitchen. 


Why Should Your Preschooler Explore Sound?

For one, making observations helps build vocabulary. By Kindergarten, children will be asked to participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. 

Observing objects in and out of tin cans is a great way for your preschooler to discover sound vibrations and expand their vocabulary. 

  • Begin by filling your cans. I chose beans and uncooked pasta.

*Do not tell your toddler or preschooler what is inside the can! 

  • Hand the can to your toddler or preschooler and allow them to give it a shake and roll! 

Once your toddler or preschooler explores the sound vibrations, ask them what they think is inside. Tell your preschool to listen again as they try to figure it out. 

  • Discuss with your toddler or preschooler how each can sounds alike and different. Is one louder than the other? 

Now it is time to discover what is inside the sound shaker!

Allow your preschooler to peek inside to discover what was inside! 


Uncooked Pasta

You can extend the activity by allowing your preschooler to pick something to go inside the can and find with more sounds to discover. 

You can also close your eyes and switch roles. Can you figure out what your preschooler chose to put inside the can? Don't close your eyes for too long, because you never know what may be inside...

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