Recycle film canisters into a musical game that incorporates math concepts and listening skills. This is a good time to introduce your child to the geometric shape, "cylinder".
empty film canisters or small jars assorted items to fill shakers: dried beans, rice, paper clips, sand self-adhesive paper or duct tape radio or tape player
What to do:
- Collect five canisters all the same size. Introduce the term "cylinder" as an object with a can shape.
- Offer your child an assortment of items to fill the cylinders so that they will make noise when they are shaken.
- Help him use duct tape or self-adhesive paper to cover the top of each cylinder.
- Invite him to shake each one and to talk about the sounds.
- Help your child line up the cylinders in order from loudest to softest or vice versa.
- Turn on some music and try to shake the canisters to the beat of the music.
How to use:
- Try numbering the cans and then shake one while your child's eyes are closed.
- Ask him to guess which number you shook.
Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.
- Which musical canister makes the best sound?
- Do you like making music?
- Let's find some things in our kitchen cupboard that come out of a cylinder.
While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop listening skills and problem-solving skills.