Easter Egg Rattles

Sensory Easter egg rattles are one of the simplest toys to make and also a fantastic way to introduce your kids to musical play.Easter Egg Rattles- Sensory instruments perfect for party favors and family bands! #kids #toys #homemade | Jellibean JournalsThey’re a perfect toy to stash in your purse for on-the-go fun and are big enough that a baby can mouth them without worries. We took one of these rattles with us on a trans-Atlantic flight and our baby was more than smitten with her new toy.

Of course, these homemade rattles also make perfect Easter basket stuffers!

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It only takes a minute to put these together and they last for ages… that is unless you’re like me and step on one, watching the insides burst forth covering the entire floor in rattle debris. Since these cost pennies to make, it’s no big deal if the homemade rattles go rolling away or get lost.Easter Egg Rattles- Sensory instruments perfect for party favors and family bands! #kids #toys #homemade | Jellibean Journals These DIY rattles are also great party favors for little ones’ birthday parties.

Let’s do it!


  • plastic Easter eggs
  • unpopped plain popcorn or dried beans
  • quality transparent tape, like Scotch

Make it:

Fill Easter eggs 1/3 full of popcorn or beans and seal. Secure the middle edge firmly with Scotch tape. Presto!

You’ve got the opportunity to jam-pack even more sensory learning into this activity. Involve older children in the assembly and fill rattles with different dried beans, peas, lentils, or popcorn.

Babies will love exploring the different sounds and older children will have a blast annoying you with their new percussion instruments.

For more creative learning play ideas, don’t miss these top educational toy picks for tots and make sure to follow my Tot School & Preschool Ideas board on Pinterest.

After you’ve got a set of rattle shakers, go ahead and DIY more instruments for the family band, like these:

Tell me, what are your favorite homemade instruments for kids? We’d love for you to share your own tutorials down in the comments below.

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    • Jelli says

      Those leftover Easter eggs are exactly how I wound up with this idea. We don’t typically buy Easter eggs as they’re not a “thing” here in Costa Rica, but my granny mailed me a few stuffed with chocolate (YUM!) and I decided to use the shells to make rattles. Perfect! My kiddos love them & I’m sure your grands will too. Thank you for visiting, Lisa!

    • Jelli says

      Thanks, Kelly! It’s a great way to reuse all those Easter eggs that end up hiding all over our house after the holiday’s long gone. Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

  1. says

    Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.
    –Katie, TheCraftyBlogStalker.com

    • Jelli says

      Oooo! Yay! I get so excited when I see comments like this. Thank you so very much, Katie, for sharing my work. What a pleasure!

  2. says

    What a lovely idea! I have two bags of plastic Easter eggs from last year (not even sure how I ended up with so many!) and would love to make these. Thanks for sharing this at my Facebook Milestone Link Party :)!

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