Music is a powerful tool.
Music boosts brain power, improves memory, builds confidence, and helps them connect.
While I have dreamed of my children leading worship and playing musical instruments, I know that is years in the future.
Here and now there are still ways that I can encourage my preschoolers and their love for music.
Plastic Easter eggs and everyday craft items are the perfect materials for some musical fun and bonding.
This musical experiment mixes different sounds, science, and math, all in one!
These sound shakers use plastic containers and an assortment of different objects, from sand to paper clips.
Your preschooler will practice comparison, observation, and patterns as they make beats with these fun shakers! Your child won’t even think of all the geometry skills they will learn.
What You Need:
- Fillable Easter Eggs
- Paper clips
What You Do:
Put the buttons in one egg, the sand in another, the sequins in the third, and paper clips in the last. Or, feel free to fill the eggs with other items of your choice.
I had the kids count as they placed the items in each egg. They also picked one egg as their mystery egg and filled it with an assortment of items.
Then, attach the two pieces of each egg back together and carefully secure it with tape. This is especially important when working with young children.
Now it is time to compare. We spent some time listening to each egg first and learning the different sounds the materials made. Comparing sounds helps prepare preschool brains for more complex science experiments once kids start kindergarten.
The kids came up with their own game to play with the Easter Egg shakers.
Everyone closed their eyes and listened as one of the eggs was shaken. We each took turns guessing what was inside of the egg.
Then, it was time to make a beat. We each took turns creating a rhythm and then imitating one another.
This is an excellent way to improve math skills as children recognize different patterns hidden inside the beats.
I love that this activity was quick and simple, but provided learning and time spent together.
Even my big kids joined in the fun.
I am learning that sometimes simple is better! The activities I do with my kids do not have to be extravagant or messy to bring lots of fun together.
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