D.I.Y. Egg Shakers
Perhaps one of the easiest instruments to make of all! Just like the egg shakers we use at the Children’s School of Music, you can make your own in a snap
- Plastic Easter Eggs
- Small size eggs are easiest for children to use, and they fit in egg cartons for storage and sorting games (shown at right)
- Have fun! Use eggs in your child’s favorite color. Try printed eggs, clear eggs, golden eggs, brown (chocolate eggs). Decorate your eggs when completed with ribbon, markers, stickers, etc.
- Rice or barley makes the sound like our eggs at school
- You can also fill egss with different things to have children compare and make different sounds, such as jelly beans, coffee beans, beads, and macaroni.
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (parent help required!),
- Put a couple of tablespoons of filling (you can experiment with sound before sealing) in bottom half of egg.
- Run a bead of hot glue along the inside edge of the TOP of the egg.
- Carefully place top on and check to be sure it’s on straight and tight.
- Shake eggs to the rhythm along with your class CD’s or favorite music
- Incorporate marching, walking or other movement activities
- Play copy cat. Have your child repeat the rhythms you make
- Make rhythm cards for games and creating rhythm songs
- If you make eggs with different fillings, play “guess the sound”