MUSICAL SHAKER – Colour, Texture, Form

Students create a musical shaker using a variety of materials to create a range of sounds.

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MUSICAL SHAKER – Colour, Texture, Form


  • Crayola Paint Brushes
  • Crayola Washable Paint
  • Crayola Washable No-Run Glue
  • Tissue Paper
  • Recycled Containers - 1 per student
  • Variety of Decorative Items
  • Mini Pom-Poms
  • Paper Streamers
  • Various Dried Grains
  • Small Sponges
  • Water Containers
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Lids for Palettes


Step 1
  1. Collect a variety of recycled containers such as,
    - baby food jars
    - yogurt drink containers
    - water bottles
    - candy tubes
  2. Make sure there are enough for each child to have one.
  3. Gather materials to put inside the containers to be able to make a variety of sounds, e.g.,
    - rice
    - kidney beans
    - salt
    - lentils
    - screws
    - stones
    - buttons
Step 2
  1. Choose a container and material to put into it.
  2. Test the sound your container makes once the material is inside.
    - add more or remove some to see how this affects the sound
  3. Once you are satisfied put the top back on the container.
  4. Make sure it is on nice and tight.
Step 3
  1. Cut up small squares of tissue paper.
  2. Place some white glue in a container.
  3. Paint your container with glue and place a piece of the square tissue paper on top of the glue.
  4. Paint glue on top of the tissue paper too.
  5. Cover the whole container with 3 layers of tissue paper and glue.
  6. Set your container aside to dry overnight.
Step 4
  1. Paint your container using a variety of colours and materials to create different textures, patterns and shapes, e.g.,
    - sea sponges
    - texture stamps
    - a variety of paint brushes
  2. Use lots of materials to decorate your musical shaker.
  3. Allow the shaker to dry overnight.
  4. Use your shaker to create different rhythms and beats.
Illustrated Crayon Character