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Paper Tube Maracas

ages 2-5


Empty paper towel or toilet paper tube, dried beans or rice,construction paper, rubber bands, paint, markers or crayons

Activity Detail

Take an empty paper towel or toilet paper tube. Cover one end with a small square of construction paper and fasten the square to the tube with a rubber band. Then fill the tube with dried beans or uncooked rice -- you can experiment with different amounts and with different materials (or combinations of materials) to create different sounds. Once you've placed the desired amount of beans or rice into the tube, cover the open end with a small square of construction paper and fasten it to the tube with a rubber band, creating a maraca. Then, wrap the entire tube with construction paper or white drawing paper, gluing it to the tube so that it's secure. You can then let your child decorate the paper with paint or markers so that it's fun and colorful. Make a whole bunch so that you can have a percussion section for your kitchen band!


amyanddaniel said:

My kids enjoy playing their instruments while they parade around the house singing their favorite songs.

- Posted on Jun 5, 2007

Amy said:

My 3 year old daughter really enjoyed making and shaking maracas, especially dancing with them to music. I recommend making sure the ends are sealed off well or you could end up with rice all over the floor.

- Posted on Jun 5, 2007

Ramya said:

Other Savvy parents recommend using paper bags filled with beans and tied with a rubber band, leftover plastic Easter eggs filled with rice, or plastic water bottles filled with pennies or beans to create homemade maracas.

- Posted on Jun 15, 2007

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