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If you've ever handed your kindergartener a pair of maracas or a rainstick, you know that he loves to play with them for hours on end. Even shaking up the coins in a piggy bank can provide endless entertainment! Kids are fascinated by sounds, and it's important for your child to learn to identify the sounds around him. Put his ears to the test with this activity that uses different objects (like pennies and rice) in containers to create different sounds. Your child will listen closely to identify which objects make soft sounds and hard sounds, and then he'll match them up! In addition to practicing his listening skills, he'll get to practice the early science skills of observation and categorization in a fun way!