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Day 135: Fruit Pit Percussion!

Here is another learning activity from  This is an excerpt from an article written by Diane Flynn Keith, “Fruit Pit Math Manipulatives & Much More!”

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for school or homeschool success.

~ Fruit Pit Percussion! ~

Make a percussive musical instrument — a shaker!

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard Paper Towel or Toilet Paper Roll
  • Tissue Paper
  • Duct Tape
  • Cherry Pits, Watermelon Seeds, Olive Pits, Date Pits, Apricot Pits, or small Plum Pits.


Take the cardboard toilet paper or paper towel roll and cover one end with some tissue paper. Use duct tape to fasten the tissue paper onto the tube end. Then, cover the tissue paper that has been placed over the end of the tube with duct tape to reinforce it. Put some seeds inside the open end of the tube. Then, cover that end with tissue paper and duct tape. You can cover the whole tube with duct tape for uniformity or decorate it with markers or stickers. Now, give it a shake and see how it works. Sounds will vary depending on the length of the cardboard tube, what kinds of seeds you choose, and how many you use.

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