I’ve made homemade maracas for Veronika before, but today the idea was to see which one she liked best out of a few variations!
I set out three small snack containers. Make sure whichever container you use has a tight-fitting lid, or one that you can tape shut.
The first received a few scoops of dried beans, the second some dried orzo pasta, and the third a little bit of dried rice.
Next I presented them to her to shake. Veronika has loved bopping along to music lately, so she loved having a container in her hand to shake, too. Beans were a big hit!
She seemed to enjoy the subtle sound of the shaking rice when I held it up to her ear.
Of all of them, the orzo seemed easiest for her to shake and made her preferred sound.
She also loved when I piled the “maracas” into a tower which she could then knock down, or reach over and pick up a container to shake.
These made for great solo play while I prepared dinner, too!