Make your own “Shaker Fruits”

fruit10Ellen Watermelon has a great activity in which she brings out a basket of plastic fruits that make noise when you shake them. Then she proceeds to invite everyone to sign and dance the song “happy fruit”. This activity get everyone moving and shaking, children love the fact that it is fruit making lots of noise.

I also thought of multiple ways to use these fruits in learning activities. Right away I went to Amazon to find out if I can get some fruit. I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap but I never thought over $75!

To begin with they come in packages of 4 fruits for $24.99, any single fruit is $7.99. I would need 12 fruits minimum. Ideally 16 because I don’t want anyone fighting for a particular fruit.


Now after thinking on the pretend fruit we already have I realized we have 2 types of fruit. I bought a set of fruit very well made, soft and sturdy, very realistic looking. I also have another set of fruit that came in a plastic pretend shopping cart I got from Walmart. These fruits are hollow and the plastic isn’t very durable. We had put these away because it is fairly easy to chew on some of them but now I thought they will be great as shakers.


First I grabbed a knife and slit a hole in either the bottom of the fruit or the side, you have to find the soft spot.


I quickly looked for something I can put inside the fruit that can make good noise, I found black beans and rice. Since I didn’t have enough beans I mixed them with the rice. With a funnel I poured about 1 ounce of rice/beans depending on the size of the fruit.

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Once I had the right amount of rice/beans in the fruits I sealed the hole using a hot glue gun.

The results are great but some of the fruits have a lump of dried glue and I don’t think I can just leave them out but we can definitely use them under supervision, I also downloaded the song happy fruit so we will be having fun shaking fruits this week.


  1. Plastic fruit (20 pieces $7.94 on Amazon
  2. Rice, beans, small pebbles
  3. knife
  4. hot glue gun

Let us know if you tried this and if you had other ideas. Enjoy!


I’ve had the pleasure to witness dozens of young lives grow and evolve in the past 15 years. The more I work with children the greater is my conviction that young lives are the key to our progress and evolution. Early childhood isn’t a glitch in our lives, it isn’t a bare memory that will fade eventually nor is the equivalent of a 5-year rule that life will start over after kindergarten. Early childhood is the time where brand new minds open up to understand this world. Children are hungry, they are born hungry, from the moment they take their first breath and remain hungry for the next 5 years. Our children are hungry for understanding, knowledge, they are hungry to understand social-emotional situations, themselves and others.

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