Monday, September 8, 2008

Music Craft: Maracas

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. (

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.

Materials Needed:

1. Paper plate
2. Stapler
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


Michelle A. said...

Love it! My girls have made these before, I can't remember where - but they had fun!

Marie N. said...

I didn't know the maraccas were originally from Puerto Rico. I love learning tidbits like that.

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Lyndsie said...

Awesome! We can do this!

Drea (Monkey Monkey Underpants) said...

I love how easy this is! Thanks!

Motherhood for Dummies said...

Fun fun, do you think Curtis could handle this? ha ha

Mandy said...

Another good one!

Kaci said...

Ooooo Elly will love it if I make these with her! Thanks! We're going to make these on Friday, I'll let you know how it goes!

Genny said...

I love this! And I like how you decorated it with polka dots!

cathy said...

Oh yes! These are always a hit! Thanks for the reminder.

angie said...

I had forgotten about paper plate maracas. My kind of musical craft. Thanks!

Katie @ 3 Blondes and a Redhead said...

I love this idea! We may have to try this later in the week.