Paper Mache Maracas
Balloon, rice or beans, water, flour, salt, newspaper, stick, art supplies
Take a small balloon (water balloon size) and fill it with a handful of small beans or rice. Then, fill the balloon with air to create the base for the paper mache. You will also want to cut or tear many strips of newspaper before you make the paper mache paste. To create the paper mache paste, use 2 parts water to 1 part flour. (If you make a lot of paste to use in future projects, you might throw in a tablespoon or two of salt to prevent mold.) Mix the water and flour together to make a paste; stir until the lumps are all gone. Then, boil the paste mixture over low heat and stir until thick and glossy. You are ready to begin making the paper mache maracas! Help your child take the newspaper strips and dip them in the paste. You should cover the entire balloon with the paper-mache newspaper strips. Then, add a popsicle stick for a handle. Attach the popsicle stick to the bottom of the balloon, near the knot, and affix it with more of the paper-mache newspaper strips. Let it all dry. When the maraca is completely dry, pop the balloon by pressing a needle through the newspaper next to the stick. You and your child are now ready to decorate! Get our your paints, markers, stickers, etc. and have fun. When your maraca -- or maracas -- are done put on your favorite music and play along.