Wednesday 13 June 2012


Montessori Activity: Sound Cylinders

Idea from How to Raise An Amazing Child The Montessori Way

Age: From 2 years old

Objective(s): To develop the ability to discriminate sounds

1. 6 opaque containers in 2 different colours filled in pairs with something that would make a distinct and interesting sound when shaken (I use rice, salt, goji berries. You can also use beans, sand, nuts, etc.)
2. 1 tray
3. 1 mat


1. Demonstrate by taking a blue container, shake it and ask your child to find a green container of the same sound.

2. Invite your child to try for the remaining containers.

Additional Information:

Joshua (3Y3M8D) requested to do this today. So I prepared it this evening. He tried this for the first time today, and could match the sound of the containers. He was especially enthusiastic about matching the goji berries as he rewarded himself by eating them after opening the container for verification!

I recycled the vitamin containers. However, I didn't have two sets of different colours, but I use stickers to differentiate the colours.

I will collect more containers to make a set of 12 containers.


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