Have some leftover plastic eggs sitting around? (Have a lot of leftover plastic eggs sitting around?) This is the time of year when it seems like they’re everywhere. They’re cheap plastic; at just a couple of dollars a bag, it doesn’t seem worth it to try to keep them around for next year, and even if you tried, you’d likely end up with a crushed mess! On the other hand, it feels wasteful to just throw them away…so what do you do with your eggs when they are no longer needed for hunts? What about turning them into shakers for your toddler (and maybe older kids, too) to play with?
First, gather your materials.
If you’re concerned about color coordination, make sure that you have a couple of each color of egg; if you’re not, go wild! You’ll need plenty of things to go in the eggs.
Think about things that make noise when you shake them.
What things make different sounds? Remember, what you consider to be normal, a toddler might well consider to be fascinating. Try rice, dried beans, lentils, or barley…or whatever else you can think of! In non-food items, coins make a great jingling sound (and you’ll likely never miss a few pennies), and beads and trinkets make fascinating noises.
Put the material in the eggs and glue them together.
The stronger the glue, the better the odds that you’re not going to end up with pieces of whatever is inside strewn all over your floor. For extra insurance, you might want to tape the eggs, too.
Let them dry...hopefully before your toddler notices them.
If you start wiggling them about before they’re dry, the glue will do you no good whatsoever. Of course, there’s a pretty good chance that it won’t do you a lot of good anyway…but at least you tried, right?
Shake, rattle, and roll!
Test out the different sounds. See which ones your toddler enjoys most. See if he can figure out which sounds match—and then just let him play! This is a great sensory activity for a toddler, especially one who enjoys music anyway.