Woo hoo! I am managing to do a quick post. I still haven't had any luck getting my computer fixed and I have a bunch of comments waiting for moderation but I can't access that page right now. I am just happy I can do this quick post.
Here is a very quick idea and one that I am surprised with the popularity of it with Lord A (he just turned 5). I made these awhile ago but forgot to mention them. They are the little plastic 'eggs' that Kinder Surprise toys come in. I kept a bunch of them, thinking they could be useful, and came up with this classic sound matching game. Lord A and I gathered a bunch of items to put inside (in pairs) and then we just sealed them up with some hardware store tape. We have them sitting in a cleaned out ice cream container although I am keeping an eye out for a nice little wicker basket from a thrift shop. I think that would look nicer. And that is very important of course. ha ha. Lord A goes back to this again and again. They just pick up one of the eggs, shake it and then try to find the other one that sounds the same.
If you are interested in some ideas, here is a list of the items we used. Well, the ones I can remember anyway.
- little tubular beads (from those large Ikea bead jars)
- tiny metal nuts (from nuts and bolts)
It was a little tricky with the last couple to get different enough sounds to distinguish from the others. These would be fun to have a bunch of them just filled with the beads or sand as little maracas also. Those items make a lovely sound.