Make a Shaker

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This hands-on activity shows you how to make a shaker -- a small instrument with a big sound! Fill it with beads or even pennies for a cool sound. Shakers can be found around the world in many different forms, and are often used in dance and music celebrations.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:

English, Spanish

Materials List (per student)

  • A small yogurt container with a top, or a metal tin with saran wrap to seal it.
  • Beads, pennies, or other items that make sound.
  • Decorations


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Components that are part of this resource:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Youth Science Center at the Science Museum of Minnesota, Sound Crew

Funding Sources:

  • Harman International
  • National Science Foundation
  • NEC Foundation of America