Water bottles, toilet paper tubes, small items from your junk drawer and tape. These fabulous maracas are a great project for a rainy afternoon. Rhythm instruments, like maracas and tambourines, highlight important features of our language. Long before kids are ready to talk about syllables they can start noticing the sounds (that turn into letter sounds) of your home language.
Ball Drop I saw this on Pinterest and when we put together a playroom for boy for Christmas, my husband helped me make this ball drop using pvc pipe. I put different colored tape around the top of each to match the colors of the ball pit balls we have, so that we can eventually use this to work on identifying colors too!