The maracas are a percussion instrument usually played in pairs and are made of plastic, wood, or leather (Indians in Columbia made maracas out of clay 1500 years ago). The maracas are originally from Puerto Rico.
Maracas are played in Latin, pop, and classical music and are characteristic of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Columbia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maraca)
The maracas are played by holding a maraca in each hand on the handle and shaking the maracas back and forth.
Today we will be making a paper plate maraca.
1. Paper plate
3. Beans or Rice
4. Decorations (e.g. streamers, paint or tissue paper)
1. Fold the paper plate in half
2. Staple the paper plate together 3/4 of the way
3. Pour in beans
4. Staple the paper plate together rest of way
5. Decorate as desired
6. Have fun!
I am participating in Family Moment Monday.
This craft idea was from Enchanted Learning