Thursday, May 13, 2010

Homemade Montessori Sound Cylinders

I have an 8 month old, which means I have a ton of empty baby food jars. You can only make so many sand art projects before you feel like you are constantly at VBS, so I needed something else to do with them. After being inspired by this post at Training Happy Hearts, I decided to turn my trash into a school toy!

I took 10 jars, and painted 5 blue and 5 green. I chose these colors to match the colors of the lids. I may paint 2 more so that each group is even.

I filled each set with:

-bouncy balls

-glass beads

-rice from our sensory bin


-and a marker cap

I found this video that gives an excellent example of how to present the sound cylinders.

The kids really loved working with the jars. I did, however, realize I made one major oops. I used washable paint, because that's what I had on hand. Well, Mini Cooper tried to put one jar in her mouth. Yeah, dont use washable paints. But, do try making these jars. God Bless!


No Ordinary Me said...

What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I can see how the washable paint could be a mess. :)

blessedintexas said...

Great idea! I saved tons of those little baby jars and I'm always looking for good uses for them. Hubby keeps telling me to throw them out but then I find another great idea like this for them. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

oo very cool! I love the things you put inside. Did the kids like them?

Our Country Road said...

I dont think the kids know whats inside. I personally really like the bouncy ball. It makes a really unique sound!

kewkew said...

Very nice. I wish I still had baby food jars. I started out by using individual serving baby juice bottles. Then I hijacked them for our smell bottle activity. I would never have thought to paint jars like this. We used the plastic eggs at Easter time, but I put matching sounds into matching colors, so they knew how they matched. I need to try this. Thank you for the different ideas for objects to put inside. I had run out of ideas.