About Activity:

This art activity uses recycled materials to create a quick, simple, and messes free melodious music maker- Maracas!

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardboard toilet paper roll
  • Colored paper
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Dry pasta, beans or rice

How does it work?

  • Set the toilet paper roll on the colored paper.
  • Carefully use a pencil to draw the dimensions of the roll-on paper. It’s okay if the paper is longer than the roll—you’ll just glue over it.
  • Let your child cut out the colored paper along your penciled lines.
  • Glue the colored paper on the toilet paper roll.
  • Encourage your child to draw and cut out fun shapes, designs, and fringes from other sheets of colored paper.
  • Have her glue her decorative pieces on the roll.
  • Help your child make “caps” for her homemade maraca out of the colored paper. The caps should be slightly larger than the paper roll openings.
  • Put a small amount of glue around one end of the paper roll.
  • Place one cap gently over the glued end.
  • Let your child add beans, pasta, or rice into the paper roll.
  • Glue the cap on the other end. Wait for your maraca to dry.
  • Give your maraca shake! How does it sound?

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