I saw this cute little idea over at Carrots Are Orange and just had to get in on the fun! I bought some small boxes at Hobby Lobby for $0.99 each and filled them each with various things I already had around the house and then used my hot glue gun to seal them. I used pasta shells, rice, pennies, cornmeal (I wanted one with a “soft” sound), and peppercorn, but you could use anything.
I still need to drool-proof them with some clear packing tape, but I would like to paint them each a different color or mod-podge some pictures of family members on them before I do that.
Sound boxes are a great sensory toy because your child can explore the different sounds that each box makes….bonus points if you talk to them about the different sounds, too! Sound boxes also teach cause and effect — baby learns, “when I shake this, it makes noise!”
This was probably the easiest “DIY” project I’ve ever done. Give it a try and let me know what you think!