Thursday, July 7, 2011

Let's Get Shaking!

I am always on the hunt for new experiences and fun activities for Xander, so this week I decided to make some shakers.  Ideally, I would have used medium sized spice jars, but had none, so improvised.  Here is what I came up with.

The clear bottle held baby juice and the blue bottle held eye makeup remover.  I filled each with some popcorn kernels and super glued the lids shut.  The eye makeup removed bottle actually makes a very interesting sound I wasn't expecting.  The baby food jar I filled with water and different sizes of glitter.  One Jello box is filled with card stock cut to different lengths.  The other holds just a little rice.  

Not much so far, but a good start!  I will eventually experiment with spaghetti, colored rice, legumes, and other containers.   I would like to create enough to have shakers and sound makers to fill a treasure basket of their own.  I need to start eating some spices!

Of course I had to let Xander test them out!  So far he is most fascinated with the jar of glitter.  He likes watching it swirl but does get frustrated since it is the most difficult of the containers to pick up one-handed.


  1. I just found your blog and love it :) You are doing all the things I had planned to do with my son but ended up not doing (we managed the math dots, that's all) due to the time it was taking to produce materials. It is great to see that it is actually possible!

    I've since found Brillkids and LR and LM are my saviours! I am now able to focus on the things I wanted to do, but don't have the time to plan.

    I love your sound jars. Usually you see people with lovely blogs and perfect materials and it makes me feel that my home-made make-do setup isn't good enough. It is nice to know not everyone has the time/money/desire to make eveything exactly perfect!

    With the glitter jar, if you add some glycerine to the water, it makes the glitter 'float' in the water better (like a snowglobe).

  2. Thank you so much Ali, I appreciate the compliments! I agree. Doing everything completely by the book is so time consuming and expensive! I am definitely not perfect and consider this all a huge learning experience for myself.

    I have heard that about glycerin. I really should get some next time I go to the craft store!


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