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DIY Montessori Materials – Sound Bottles


How to Make Sounds Boxes

Sound Cylinders are a piece of the Montessori Sensorial curriculum specifically within the Auditory sense. The products made by amazing Montessori companies like Nienhuis and Bruins are beautifully made and I drool whenever I am in the company of any of their products. However there are some Montessori materials that are easy to do yourself. Sound cylinders are one example.


  • Small Cardboard boxes – I used jewelry boxes. Joann Fabrics has a number of options. Small paper maiche cylinder shaped boxes would be perfect.
  • Glue & Glue Gun (or tape if you are brave)
  • Objects to place inside your boxes
  • Small stickers or a marker to mark box indicating pairs



  • A tray or basket for presenting the activity

diy sound cylinders


  1. I started with 6 sound boxes, 3 pairs. Ideally, for children ready for it, you have twelve sound boxes total with 6 pairs.
  2. Separate out pairs and place star or some mark indicating the boxes are pairs.
  3. Fill pairs with identical amounts of objects. In our case I used salt, beans and pasta.Close boxes and glue boxes shut
  4. Allow time to dry
  5. Present in a basket or tray

diy sound bottles


  1. The first time you’re introducing the sound boxes to your child, simply take the time to listen to the sounds. Use only one box of the pair, place the others aside (I wouldn’t even bring them out to my child). Shake the box to your ear, then ask your child: “Would you like to hear the sounds?”
  2. The next presentation would be to use TWO pairs: the loudest and the smallest.
  3. The next presentation would be to use additional pairs to match the sounds.
  4. The final presentation is to grade the sounds. Find the loudest sound first then the softest. Move back and forth loudest to softest until you have a row from loudest to softest (left to right). Then ask your child if he would like to arrange the cylinders from loudest to softest.



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Titilayo Abubakar

Thursday 29th of September 2022

Hi Your approach and instructions are beautiful and keep up the great job. Titi

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