Sound jars are an easy and fun way for your toddler or preschooler to explore their senses, and it helps them learn how different objects make different sounds when rattled. These make a great addition to your homeschool routine, especially when studying the 5 senses.
When I first planned this activity, I envisioned small containers that were not see-through, but as we progressed through our 5 senses unit, I realized I didn’t have anything other than small jars!
I think it would be quite fun for your toddler to explore their sense of hearing without being able to see what’s inside each container without opening them, but this works as well.
As a workaround, I would hide them behind my back, shake one, and ask my kids to guess which jar I was holding. The dry chick peas and bells were hard to distinguish at times, but the marshmallows were clearly different. It opened the door to discussing our sense of touch. Why did the chick peas and bells sound similar? They’re both hard compared to the soft marshmallows.
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR 5 SENSES THEME:
- Check out my 5 Senses Unit here. (Use code SENSES25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 19 Activities & Crafts for your Preschooler’s 5 Senses theme!
- Here’s a list of Books for your 5 Senses Unit Study.
- Check out this Fun 5 Senses Song for Preschoolers
5 Senses Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Sensory Spice Painting
- Texture Collage 5 Senses Process Art Activity
- Salt & Sugar Test Five Senses Activity
- 5 Senses Puppets (Free Printable)
- Jello Dig Sensory Activity
- Taste Test Survey Printable & Activity
- Scratch and Sniff Jello Name Activity
- 5 Senses Sorting Game Printable
- Jello Playdough
- Pickle Science Study
- Rainbow Sensory Noodles
- Pop Rocks Science Study
- 5 Senses Scavenger Hunt
- 5 Senses Body Parts Match Activity
- Easy Sensory Bottles
- Optometrist Dramatic Play for Kids
For tips on planning your homeschool preschool year, check out this article.
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Sound Jars Sensory Exploration Activity for Preschoolers
You can leave these sound jars out at your child’s open discovery station as long as you’re sure they’re not able to open them on their own. Fill them with whatever you have around the house! Dry rice, bells, dry beans, you name it.
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