Creative Crafts for Creative Kids

Musical Maracas

Posted on: April 25, 2011

Did the Easter Bunny go overboard this past Easter? Do you have leftover plastic eggs overflowing from baskets? You can save those eggs for next year or turn them into festive musical maracas for Cinco de Mayo! After a fellow blog reader asked what she could do with all of her leftover plastic eggs I was prompted to turn them into a craft….A Cinco de Mayo craft no less! You can research and discuss the holiday or simply treat this as a musical project.

Things you will need:

  • Empty plastic Easter eggs
  • Various “fillers” such as dried rice, beans, coins and beads
  • Stickers
  • Glue or tape
Step 1: Open your egg and fill the bottom portion about half way with a filler. In this picture I am using dried rice. You can make a variety of maracas and fill each one with something different. For example you can fill one with coins, another with beads and another with beans. While you are filling the eggs try to guess what each one will sound like when you’re finished.

Step 2: Glue around the inside rim of the top of the plastic egg.
Step 3: Put the top on your egg and wipe excess glue from the outer rim.

Step 4: If you want you can use clear tape instead of or in addition to the glue when sealing you egg. Simply take little bits of clear tape and work your way around the outside of the egg until it is taped shut.

Step 5: Let the glue dry and decorate the egg with stickers.

Congratulations! You have made an Easter egg maraca just in time for Cinco de Mayo or for anytime you want to make music! If you’ve made a bunch with different fillers you can shake them all and play a guessing game trying to figure out what is inside each one. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting!

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