Monday, 7 December 2015

Sound matching jars

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Y has been very attentive to sounds lately. Whenever an airplane flies overhead, a car drives by, something falls, etc, Y asks me 'What's that noise?'. 

Because of his interest in his sense of hearing, I created an auditory work drawing upon inspiration from the Montessori sound jars. 

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My mother in law is a nurse and had brought home several empty pill containers. Before, we had used these as open and close containers, but I re-purposed them for this work. 

DIY sound containers for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #soundcontainers

How to set it up

First, I filled the containers using objects I had gathered from our sensory bin fillers. I tried to use a variety of objects that would make very different noises when shaken. 

  • Metal beads
  • Rocks
  • Nothing
  • Dried macaroni 
  • Glass beads


After filling the objects in the jars, you can hot glue them to prevent your kids from opening them. Y can handle using small objects, so I did not do this. 

DIY sound containers for preschoolers by Welcome to Mommyhood #montessori, #preschool, #soundcontainers

Montessori activities have a built in control of error component. This means that the activities are self correcting - the child can see if she or he has done the work correctly themselves. 

For our sound game, I used a coloured pencil to make circles on the bottom of the matching jars. Each set was labeled in a different colour. 


How to use them? 


These jars are intended to be a matching activity. Y had to listen to the noise coming from the jars to find the matches. 

First, I presented and demonstrated the work. We got his mat. I set up the jars in two tidy piles - one of each colour per stack. I showed Y how to listen to the sound the jars make. After finding the match, I put the jars with the same contents onto the tray. 

After a short demonstration, Y was eager to explore the containers himself and start making the matches. 

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