A maraca is a Latin American and Tupi rattle. The original maracas were made from hollow gourds filled with pebbles or seeds.
You can make simple maracas from one or two paper plates stapled together, containing dried beans or popcorn. These are fun to make at a party for preschoolers – you can then make a lot of noise!
- One or two paper plates
- Dried beans, rice, or popcorn
- Paint, markers, or crayons
- Optional – Crepe paper streamers
Optional: Staple long crepe paper streamers to the maracas.
You now have great maracas that you can use to make music!