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Shake and Slide

Containers that make interesting sounds when you shake or slide small objects in them.


  • plastic containers with lids (for example, food storage containers, yogurt containers, vitamin bottles)
  • cardboard and plastic tubes and hoses
  • small objects to place inside of the containers and tubes


Model placing small objects into a container with a lid. Slide the objects back and forth and then vigorously shake the container. Encourage children to describe and imitate the sound/s. Then invite children to do what you did. If they’ve created a shaker they especially like, have them save it and put it aside to share with the group later in the week.