Shake and Match

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In this activity, learners create a hearing based memory game that they can share with friends. Learners fill one group of film canisters with various sound-making items, like dried beans or sand, and then fill another set of film canisters with the same material. Learners mix them up, and have a friend shake and match the canisters based on the sounds.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 16 film canisters
  • permanent marker
  • 8 different dry materials (sand, rocks, screws,etc.)
  • glue


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

Informal Categories

  • Games
  • Music
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Sources:

  • Harman International
  • NEC Foundation of America
  • National Science Foundation
  • The Schubert Club