Making A Rice Shaker

This is a very simple activity for children over the age of two for them to create their own musical instrument.

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Dry rice
  • Sticky tape
  • Colouring pens or paints


Give each child a paper plate and a selection of colouring pens and paints in a variety of colours to decorate the underneath of their plates. Once they have finished their plates, fold the plates in half with the colouring on the outside.Tape half of the plate closed then, fill the inside of the plate with some rice before taping the rest of the plate closed. Ensure the plate is taped to the edges with no gaps for the rice to escape. Now the children can shake their plates and have fun experiment with the sound it makes.

You could get the children to make a couple of shakers, each time changing the amount of rice in the middle of the plate so they can investigate any changes in sound this makes.

Areas of learning covered:

  • Creative development
  • Physical development
  • Personal and Social development




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