Here's a simple Montessori Inspired Game to develop your preschoolers sense of hearing - a Montessori Sound Matching Game
We've had these plastic eggs in our music box for a while, but we finally got enough to make a decent game out of - you could use babyfood jars or all those Easter Eggs you've probably got still lying around - just make sure you can't see the contents (as you can see one of our eggs is a different colour, guess we'll have to crack open another set of Kinder Eggs!)
You will need an even amount of containers, then fill the containers so you have two of each sound - we used pennies, rice, unpopped corn amd sugar to get a variety of sounds - get your older child to help choose the fillings to make this game more meaningful (another Montessori element getting your kiddos involved in preppibg activities, especially using everyday objects). You might want to seal up your containers with tape or glue.
We added a 'control of error' - a Montessori self-checking tool - with coloured dots on the underneath of our eggs. This way once the kiddos have made their match they can check if they were right or work out where they went wrong (much more useful than an adult just pointing out your mistakes!)
Then the kids shake them up, find another matching sound and make a pair - so simple, yet working on a sense we don't often 'play with'.
For older children you can make a variety of eggs, making smaller differences in the sounds - for example eggs filled with sugar and coarse salt sound very similar and require greater concentration.
For younger babies just let them explore their ability to make sounds, roll and drop with the eggs which fit better in their little hands than a tambourine or traditional shop bought shaker (do tape up the sides and supervise though!)
So there you have it - a simple Montessori game, using household items and a new skill to work on! What's your favourite way to play with the sense of sound?