You Will Need:
Music, plastic containers with lids (clear are preferable), small items such as corks, spools, etc. (but large enough so they’re not a choking hazard -- use a “no-choke tube” to test if you aren’t sure).
Put the small items in the plastic containers. Play music and interact with your child by shaking, rattling and rolling the containers. Encourage your child to put the small items in the containers himself. Talk about the different sounds you hear. Introduce words such as “shake” (say, “Let’s shake the container”), “rattle” (say, “The corks are rattling inside the container”), and “roll” (say, “Let’s roll on the ground with the container”).
Try different objects in the containers and compare different sounds. Toddlers might dance with the containers.
What Your Child Can Learn:
- Competence (“I can make this happen.”)
- Cause and effect (“When I shake this, it makes a sound.”)
- Vocabulary words such as “shake,” “rattle,” and “roll,”
- How to identify the items in the containers
- Discrimination between different sounds
- Fun is a shared event