Paper Plate Maracas
One or two paper plates; dried beans, rice, or popcorn; stapler; paint, markers, or crayons; optional: crepe paper streamers
This is a project that your child can do (almost) all by herself! Begin by putting a handful or two of dried beans, rice, or popcorn in a paper plate. Then help your child staple another paper plate securely on top of it. (You can also use a single plate for each maraca by folding a paper plate in half, adding the beans, then stapling the rim to itself.) Last, help your child decorate the maracas with crayons, markers, or paint. You can also staple long crepe paper streamers to the maracas. Your child now has great maracas that she made by herself. Turn up the music and start shaking!