DIY Cardboard Maracas

Posted by Nate Wek, PBS Parents on

Make some music with these colorful maracas crafted from recycled toilet paper rolls! This project is a great sensory activity for young children.

Materials:

  • toilet paper rolls
  • duct tape
  • paint and paint brushes
  • rice
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Cover the end of one toilet paper roll with duct tape.
  2. Fill the toilet paper roll halfway with rice. We poured some rice in a bowl and scooped the toilet paper roll inside. This part of the craft is a great sensory activity for little hands.
  3. After you have rice inside your roll, cover the other end of the roll with duct tape.
  4. Once your maraca is sealed, make a sleeve for it from another toilet paper roll so you can paint it. Slit another roll all the way down one side and wrap it around the rice-filled maraca.
  5. Glue the outer roll around the maraca. Then paint the maraca sleeve any way you wish! We started with a solid base color and then painted on a design or pattern.
  6. Wait till it's dry and then make some music
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