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Mix and Match

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    University of Washington

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Mix and Match

In this activity (7th activity on the page), learners use their sense of hearing to find a "sound match." Learners shake containers filled with items like dry seeds, sand, beans, etc. and hunt around the room trying to find their matching noise maker by listening to the sounds. Learners can make the shakers ahead of time by completing "Sound Shakers/Noise Makers" listed above this activity on the page. Use this activity as a lesson on hearing or as an ice breaker/introduction activity. This activity page includes a link to background information about the ear and hearing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Plastic containers: film canisters, yogurt cups, plastic bottles
  • Glue or tape to seal the top of the containers (if necessary)
  • Fillings: dry seeds, uncooked beans or rice, sand, pebbles, marbles, coins


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Chudler, Ph.D., Eric H.


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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