Paper Cup Maracas

What You Need:

  • Two paper cups
  • Paper tape
  • ¼ cup dry beans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Tempera paint
  • Paintbrushes

What You Do:

  1. Have your child fill one cup with the dried beans. Have them hold the second cup top-down on top of the first, so the open ends of the cups are touching. Tape around the edges of both cups so the beans cannot escape!
  2. Wrap both cups with aluminum foil. Try to flatten the foil as much as possible.
  3. Use the tempera paints to create vivid patterns all around the aluminum foil. Bright colors such as red, orange, yellow, green and blue are popular in the folk art of the countries where maracas are popular. Make sure to let some of the aluminum foil to come through so it adds a bit of sparkle to the instrument.
  4. Allow the paint to dry completely.
  5. Now it’s time to shake your maracas! Put on your dancing shoes and make some music!

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