When I first embarked on my journey into Montessori learning, I was a little overwhelmed at the range - and price- of the 'essential' equipment required.
The more I read and explored, the more I discovered other parents who, like me, were keen on implementing Montessori approaches in their home and were finding ways to do it without spending a lot of money. And there are a lot of good ideas out there!
Another Montessori activity that I've DIYed are these sound cylinders.
The purpose of the activity is to shake a cylinder of one colour, then shake the cylinders of the other colour until you've found the two cylinders that make the same sound.
When I first set this activity up (it was a while ago too- how little does Rohan look in these photos?), the only containers I could find with tight fitting lids were clear. These are Decor brand mini-snack containers from the grocery store.
I do intend, at some stage, to make them opaque but for now they are working really well.
I have filled each pair with the following - pasta, popping corn, rice, dried beans, barley and sand.
I think I'll look at concealing the insides the next time I present them. Any ideas on painting/covering these containers?