I remember my daughter going through a shaker obsession. She carried around an egg shaker with her for nearly a week sometime before she was 2 years old. Sometimes she was shaking it, and sometimes she was just holding it. I can’t blame her! There is something almost comforting about cupping the smooth egg shaped instrument in your hand, and shaking it to create a gentle, pleasant sound.
What we like about shakers.
As with all rhythm instruments, shakers are great for practicing steady beat skills. Kids need tons of practice with hearing and keeping a steady beat, to set themselves up for rhythmic success as they learn and grow. So, feel free to shake that shaker along with any piece of music that has a steady, consistent beat! Tapping the shaker on your knee or the floor can be fun too.
Since shakers are so easy to hold, they are perfect for simple movement songs that teach spatial awareness, focusing on things such as body parts and directions. They can also be used to reinforce musical concepts such as high/low, fast/slow, soft/loud.
In this Egg Shaker Mini-Class video, you’ll hear four songs. The first is one of our originals, called “Shaky the Shaker” that reinforces musical concepts. The second is a cute song about eggs, which we use to practice colors and body parts. The third is a classical piece (Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro) that we use to practice keeping a steady beat. And the last one is one of our favorites, "Shake and Shake and Shake and Shake and Stop." A fabulous impulse control song that is great for all ages.
We hope you enjoy exploring egg shaker music-making with your little one! And we won’t raise our eyebrows if we see you out and about with egg shaker in hand. :) In fact, we’ll send you off with an entertaining NY Times article featuring an adult appreciation for the egg shaker: