Activity Resources for parents, teachers and kids.
Making maracas in step by step photos…
Cut the top and bottom off the drinks bottle (cut about 11cm down from the top or in the indent if there is one and 5cm up from the bottom).
Plastic can be quite sharp when cut and you will need sharp scissors to cut into the bottle so adult help may be required depending on the child’s age. Trim off any sharp points and keep the middle piece for later.
Make sure both ends are thoroughly clean and dry before slotting the top end inside the bottom end. If you are struggling, make a small incision in the top end. Secure well with sticky tape all the way around and set aside.
To make the handle, take a toilet roll and cut straight up the middle. (We found that our toilet roll was too big to get our hands around so this way you will have handles which are stronger and narrow enough for small hands to hold)
Re-roll the toilet roll into a tighter tube that will fit snugly into the top of the drinks bottle. This isn’t difficult, but it does need a reasonably firm grip so may need an adult hand if doing this with small children.
Secure with sticky tape.
Stuff the tube with 5 or 6 cotton wool balls and secure both ends with sticky tape– this is to prevent the noise makers we put in next from falling down the tube.
Fill the bottle stump with 1 tablespoon of uncooked rice.
Slot the toilet roll handle into the opening of the bottle and and secure well all the way around with sticky tape.
You now have a functioning maraca which can handle some real shaking!
Decorate your maracas with papier maché and paint or use PVA glue to stick on coloured tissue paper, crepe paper and sequins.