I love using plastic Easter eggs to create Montessori-inspired sound sets. I have a DIY Easter egg sound set for preschoolers. Today, I’m sharing an idea for inexpensive DIY Montessori-inspired Easter egg sound shakers for babies and toddlers.
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Montessori Sound Cylinders
To learn more about Montessori sound cylinders and how to present them, check out my DIY Montessori Sound Cylinders post. I used a number of the same Montessori techniques to prepare an Easter egg sound set for babies and toddlers.
In a traditional Montessori sound box, you’ll find six sound cylinders with red tops and six sound cylinders with blue tops. For this activity, I used matching pairs (although three pairs with three blue eggs that each matched one of three lavender eggs).
DIY sound cylinders can be prepared using a variety of materials. For this activity, I used brown rice, red kidney beans, and lima beans. I tried to put equal amounts in the blue and lavender eggs so that the sounds of the matching pairs would be the same.
Easter Egg Sound Shakers for Babies and Toddlers
Here are some ways I deviated from traditional Montessori sound cylinders. Traditional sound sets aren’t see-through, but I used see-through eggs to give babies and toddlers an understanding of what is making the sound. I purchased fairly small Easter eggs so that babies could hold them, but they were large enough not to be a choking hazard.
I used electrical tape to seal the eggs safely (an idea from Mama Smiles’ fancy shaker eggs).
Montessori sound cylinders have a specific presentation (linked to in my DIY Montessori Sound Cylinders post). For this activity, I placed the Easter egg sound shakers in a basket (an elliptical bamboo basket from Montessori Services) and gave the basket to my 5-month old granddaughter as an invitation to explore.
My Granddaughter’s Reaction to the Easter Egg Sound Shakers
My 5-month-old granddaughter loved the sound shakers. At her age, she had more fun shaking the entire basket than just one egg. In addition to exploring the eggs, she spent a lot of her time focusing on the basket itself.
Zoey spent almost 30 minutes concentrating on the eggs, so the activity was definitely of interest to her. I’ll probably put out this activity before Easter for the next year or two. It’ll be interesting to see Zoey’s interaction with the Easter egg sound shakers when she’s a toddler.
Have you created any DIY sound cylinders or Easter egg sound sets? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂
Check out my other Montessori-inspired Easter activities: Montessori-Inspired Easter Activities, Montessori-Inspired Easter Activities (2012), Free Spring Printables and Montessori-Inspired Spring Math Activities, Homeschool Lent and Easter, Free Easter Egg Printables and Montessori-Inspired Easter Egg Activities, Easter Egg Rainbow Practical Life and Sensorial Activity, Montessori-Inspired Easter Tree Sorting, Math, and Decorating Activity, Kids’ Easter Activities Pinterest Board
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