DIY Cupcake Shakers for Children | Listen & Learn Music

How innovative are you when it comes to instruments for music classes, music therapy, and classroom use? Well, I can tell you I’m not even a fraction as innovative as my colleague at Music Therapy Connections, Becky Waddell.

About a month ago, Becky sent me a Slack message: “I picked up tiny cupcakes that I’m turning into shakers for one of my classes if you get an itch to write a song about cupcakes! Ha!”

She also sent me a photographic evidence of her little DIY project, which looked like this:

Very rarely do I turn down a songwriting opportunity, especially when it involves a fun and novel instrument, so I got to work on a song especially for use with Becky’s DIY cupcake shakers.

I wanted this song to be catchy and lighthearted while still working on some concrete objectives, like following directions, directional awareness, vocalization (“sh” sound), and gross motor movement.

It didn’t take long for “Cupcake Shake” to come to fruition! I am suuuuper excited to try out these cute instruments and the new song with my kiddos in the coming weeks.

You can listen to the song in its entirety and download it for yourself right here. Let me know what you think!

Oh, and if you want to make your own DIY cupcake shakers, here’s the link. They are out of stock at the time of this writing, but hopefully they’ll be available soon so that you too can join in the cupcake craze ;)