DIY Shaker Activity

Shake up your summer with musical fun

mott blog - clv 2015 - musical shaker activity1Musical shakers are a great activity for kids of any age. You can vary the activity based on the ages of the group you are working with!


  • Plastic fillable eggs
  • Rice, dry beans (try different things to experiment with the sound)
  • Tape


Fill your egg with some type of dry, small material like rice, beans, lentils, etc. Close the egg and seal closed with tape. Instant egg shaker! Put different ingredients in different eggs to hear how the sound changes. You can also try to find different sizes of eggs to experiment with how that affects the sound.

mott blog - clv 2015 - musical shaker activityA fun DIY shaker game is a version of hot potato. Sit in a circle and pass the egg from person to person. The person with the egg when the music stops has to name their favorite color, food, etc. Then play again. Or, you can play the traditional hot potato way and the person with the egg when the music ends is out. Keep playing until you have a winner.

You can also play a copy-cat game – the first person can shake out a certain rhythm, with the next person attempting to follow the same rhythm.

Choose favorite songs and perform them with your shakers while dancing together or parading around your yard! The sillier the better!

Take the next step:

Meredith SchlabigMeredith Schlabig, MT-BC, is a Music Therapist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Our Board-Certified Music Therapists provide music therapy services to patients and families during their hospitalization. Music therapy services are tailored to each child and family. The music therapy team collaborates directly with the patient’s care team to provide quality interventions throughout hospitalization. A music therapist can engage patients and family in active music making through playing instruments, singing, song writing and recording, or passive music listening to assist in relaxation, provide distractions for medical procedures, decrease anxiety and support healing.

mott blog - clv 2015 - camp thumbCamp Little Victors is the virtual summer camp program from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  Each week, for six weeks, participants receive an email full of ideas and activities to help keep families busy, happy and healthy all summer long.  Learn more and sign up.



best children's hospitalUniversity of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.