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Sound Shakers

Preschool Patterns Activities: Sound Shakers

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What's That Sound?

Here's a musical experiment that mixes different sounds, science, and math, all in one! Create these sound shakers using plastic containers and an assortment of different objects, from sand to paper clips. Your preschooler will practice comparison, observation, and patterns as he makes his own beats with these fun shakers!

What You Need:

  • Five fillable clear plastic holiday ornaments (available at craft stores)
  • Buttons
  • Sand
  • Sequins
  • Paper clips
  • Small corks
  • Tape

What You Do:

  1. Put the buttons in one ornament, the sand in another, the sequins in the third, the small corks in the fourth, and paper clips in the last. Or, feel free to fill the ornaments with other items of your choice.
  2. Attach the two pieces of each ornament back together and carefully secure it with tape. This is especially important when working with young children.
  3. Invite your child to shake each one, comparing the differences between sounds. Comparing sounds helps prepare preschool brains for more complex science experiments once kids start kindergarten.
  4. Use one shaker to make a beat and encourage your child to imitate you. Then invite him to come up with his own rhythms! This will improve his math skills as he learns to recognize the different patterns hidden in beats.
Adapted with permission from "Squish, Sort, Paint & Build: Over 200 Easy Learning Center Activities." Copyright 1996 by Sharon MacDonald. Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.

Updated on Mar 20, 2014
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