Noisy Basket

We have a fantastic game to share with you – Noisy basket!  It is simple to set up. It is an  indoor activity that will (hopefully) not involve breaking anything

Learning Objective

  • Identifies different baritones of sound such as loudness (or lack of)
  • Distinguishes between sounds made by different objects
  • Listens for sustained period of time without getting distracted
  • Differentiates between syllable and phoneme sounds
  • Learns to blend and segment words

Age Group

 1.5 year and above

Materials required

  •  A transparent bottle containing buttons
  •  Another transparent bottle containing uncooked pasta
  •  A plastic canister with uncooked rice
  •  Another plastic canister with sand
  •  A spoon
  •  A wooden stick with which you beat drums
  •  A plastic lid
  •  A metal lid
  •  A seashell
  •  Two stones of different sizes
  •  Curtain rings of no fixed number
  •  Ribbon
  • Tiny bells

Activity guide

  1. Before starting the activity, take the curtain rings and tie the tiny bells to it using ribbon.
  2. After settling in the children, ask the children to pick up the bottle containing buttons and shake it, first gently and then vigorously. Now, ask them to do the same with the bottle containing uncooked pasta. Make sure that the caps of the bottles are fastened securely to avoid any choking hazards. 
  3. Let the children examine the curtain ring toys you made and give them a shake to distinguish the sound it makes.
  4. Give the child a spoon and bang the pot and bottle with it. The child can then pick up a wooden stick with which you beat drums and enthusiastically bang on the objects.
  5. Watch the children compare the noises that the items make and introduce the class to the concept of loud and soft sounds.
  6. Let the children explore other ways to combine the objects to make different sounds.
  7. For closure, discuss among yourselves which sounds were loud and which were soft.
  8. Recapitulate the concepts of loudness and softness at the end.

Relevance of the activity

For fun, hands-on learning, add any object you like to the noisy basket and see how the kids combine the items to make noise. They will learn to differentiate between a bang, a pop, a tap, and a squeal which will help set the foundation of sounds for them. 


You can even take the students to a garden and ask them to sit in solitude and identify the sounds of nature. It is a great way to support communication and promote outstanding learning, indoors or outdoors

Cognitive Skill



Can the student filter out background noise?


Can the student break down my sentences and understand their meaning?


Did the student learn to discriminate between different sounds?


Did the student develop the ability to identify sounds?


Was the student attentive throughout the activity?


Is the student able to distinguish sound in words?


Did the student participate in activity closure and/or recapitulation?


Share the knowledge

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