Re-Use Plastic Eggs to Make Cool Musical Sound Shakers

egg sound shaker easter activity for kids

Make musical sound shakers and enhance listening skills with this cool easter egg activity. You get to re-use your plastic eggs and recycle your egg cartons with one awesome easter craft. I pinky promise this activity is quick and easy.

We had so much fun making our own egg shakers with different sounds. Zoe was super excited to share her egg sound set with her preschool; she also brought it along for an afternoon playdate. The kids love to play with these sound shakers. So, now it’s your turn to make this easy and fun sensory activity for your kids!

Supplies for Plastic Easter Egg Sound Set:

  • 1 recycled egg carton
  • 12 plastic easter eggs
  • 6 different items for sounds

We used: sea salt, steel cut oatmeal, paper clips, almonds, google eyes, beads
Other options: marble, ping pong ball, beans, rice, coins, jingle bells, buttons, mini pasta, confetti, glitter

egg sound shaker salt easter activity

How to Make Musical Sound Shakers

  1. Hunt and gather 6 different items around your house. Include your child in this hunt– they will enjoy searching and suggesting ideas.
  2. Open plastic eggs and place bottom halves in the egg carton.
  3. Fill the eggs. Each egg should have a matching pair with the same item inside (there should be 2 eggs with sea salt, 2 eggs with paper clips, 2 eggs with beads, etc). For an independent learning activity, you can place the 6 items in 6 bowls so your child can fill the eggs on their own.
  4. Put the tops on each egg bottom. Now you have 12 whole eggs in your egg carton.
  5. Demonstrate the sound matching activity to your child. Shake, listen, match. You can say, “May I show you how we play?” Pick up an egg and shake it. Pick up another egg in your opposite hand and shake it. If the sounds don’t match, pick up another egg until you find the egg with the matching sound. Now ask your child, “Would you like a turn?”

*For a bonus art activity, let your child paint and decorate their egg carton. Your child will love this!

I stumbled upon this Montessori-inspired sound matching activity over on Living Montessori Now. This egg sound set is an Easter-inspired DIY version of the Sound Cylinders where the child must find the matching sound pairs by listening and then grade the boxes from the loudest to the softest. We keep it simple with just matching the sounds, but arranging from loudest to softest is a great extension activity.

Not only is this project a fun sensorial activity, but it’s great for early musical ear training. And this project will be played with way beyond Easter activities.

Let me know if you decide to re-use your plastic easter eggs and egg cartons with these sound shakers. Post a photo or a video of your egg sound shakers on our Facebook Wall. And please share in the comments below what you decide to put in your eggs. If it’s not in the list above, I will add it. I love seeing how creative we can get!



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13 Responses to Re-Use Plastic Eggs to Make Cool Musical Sound Shakers

  1. Sandy March 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Love this project! Already sharing/recommending to others.
    Posted pic of supplies on Family Sponge Facebook.

    Filled mini plastic eggs with rice, mini pasta, coins, word (DAD) confetti, glitter, colored paper clips.

    • Jadah Sellner April 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

      Sandy, I added some of your ideas to this post. Mini pasta is brilliant! And I love that you included letters to spell a word. So cool!

  2. Deb @ Living Montessori Now April 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    How cute! I love that your daughter was so involved … the video is adorable! Thanks so much for linking to my post! 🙂

    • Jadah Sellner April 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

      Thanks for the inspiration! We are big Montessori fans over here.

  3. Jen Chapman April 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    This needs a “Pin” button! Great idea!

    • Jadah Sellner April 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

      Jen, thanks for the idea. I added the Pin It Button! 🙂

  4. Sandy April 8, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    I re-visited this project today on Easter.
    I decided to re-use items from busy bag activities (rainbow rice, colored pasta, pipe cleaner) in addition to other items such as broken crayon and chalk pieces, Hawaiian salt, straw pieces that I cut up, pony beads, letter beads.
    Some items make better musical sounds than others, but the variety makes it fun.
    I will post a new pic on Facebook.

    • Jadah Sellner April 9, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Broken crayons and chalk pieces– some more great ideas! Thank you again for sharing Sandy!

  5. Mary A. April 9, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Did you seal these with tape or glue them together so they wouldn’t get spilled? If so – let me know how you did it please. Thanks!

    • Jadah Sellner April 9, 2012 at 8:30 am #

      Mary, we didn’t use any tape or glue because my daughter likes to open it and look inside. But she doesn’t do it often because she’s 4 years old (almost 5). How old is your little one? You could use a hot glue gun to seal it tight or even clear tape. Another idea would be to use stickers– maybe two stickers that would keep them shut. Let me know how it works out for you!

      • Debbie Mondale March 25, 2015 at 6:15 pm #

        I have tried so many ways to keep the eggs closed, and by far the easiest and the best is to use electrical tape, since it is a little stretchy and conforms to the egg shape better. It also comes in a variety of colors in most home improvement stores.

        • Mary March 25, 2015 at 7:08 pm #


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