Yesterday I made a new Montessori (Montessodium as A calls it) activity for J. Whenever I make a learning activity for J I want it to be as pretty as it is fun, because I think that visual appeal goes along way for kids–especially in getting them to get the activity off the shelf on their own.
So. I saved up some baby food jars.
Ripped up some pretty blue tissue paper.
Paper mache’d the jars…twice actually. (I used Elmer’s glue mixed with water)
Applied a layer of modge podge for that pretty sheen and added durability, and spray painted the lids white.
And now the fun part. I put in all different kinds of things for the kids to shake. I put in the same thing in two separate so they can find the matching sound for each.
I have ten jars (so five sets). I put in Q-tips (cut in half), uncooked rice, dried pasta, raw kidney beans, and pennies (those are listed from softest to loudest).
J and I had fun shaking and listening and identifying LOUD sounds vs. SOFT sounds, and then (with my help), we identified the matching sounds.