If you want to prepare some Montessori materials for a homeschool or preschool, a sensorial material that can be created easily and inexpensively is a set of sound cylinders. Last week, I wrote about another great DIY project: DIY Montessori smelling bottles.
I had a DIY sound activity as the activity of the week in April with a cute Montessori-inspired Easter egg sound set. You can create a different sound set for year-round use for preschoolers in any environment.
A Bohemian Education (post no longer available) used jars with lids and wrapped the jars in red and blue fabric to create sound bottles.
Counting Coconuts purchased sound boxes. (The photo shows what the purchased materials would look like.) When writing about Montessori materials recently, Mari-Ann said she wishes she would have created her own.
There are a number of other items you can use to create your own sound boxes (or basket):
Carrots Are Orange used small cardboard jewelry boxes.
Explore and Express used containers from cookie decorating sprinkles.
A Handmade Childhood used black film canisters to make sound cylinders.
Kingdom of the Pink Princesses used chocolate pudding containers.
Montessori MOMents used drinkable yogurt bottles.
Shannon’s Sharings used two different brands of drinkable yogurt bottles, which were the same except for different color lids.
Montessori Primary Guide has directions for presenting sound boxes.
Introductory Sound Activity
To the Lesson! has an introductory sound activity that’s wonderful as an activity before the sound cylinders to help with listening skills and to prepare children for other work with sensorial and science activities.
Check out my post on “How to Make Your Own Montessori Materials” with resources for making lots of other Montessori materials.
I’d love to hear about your DIY sound activities!