Age3 to 6 years
- 2 disposable cups – plastic or paper.
- 1 sheet of aluminum foil (10cm x 10cm)
- 1 pdf print out of the attached pdf file
- 2 pieces of tissue paper (10cm x 10cm)
- 1/4 cup of coffee beans
- 1 handy Pritt stick
- 1 pair of scissors
- 2 short pencil
The Maracas is an instrument that comes from Latin America. It is often used in Latin music, pop music, classical music and can even be heard on the streets of Paris. The Maracas typically has one ball pitched high, and the other is pitched low. This is to achieve a "pitch variation".
Today we are going to make our own Maracas. You are going to have to ask your mom, dad or teacher for some materials and tools.
Fold the two pieces of tissue paper into two small squares. Make sure the squares are roughly the same size as the base of the disposable cup.
Apply a generous amount of Pritt glue to the base of the two cups.
Glue one tissue paper to the bottom of each cup and leave to dry for 1 min.
Carefully cut out the square from the pdf printout which is marked as “A”.
Place the aluminum foil square and the paper square onto a flat surface, which is also comfortable for you to work on, for example a table.
Now place one small pile of coffee beans on the aluminum foil and one on the paper cut-out.
Then you carefully rub a generous amount of Pritt onto the rims of the two cups. There must be enough Pritt that you can see glue like spider webs as seen in the picture.
Now you must place one cup over the coffee beans on the aluminum foil and one over the coffee beans on the paper square. Make sure the cups are securely placed and wait 10 minutes for them to dry.
While you wait, you can cut out the remaining images from the pdf printout. These are pictures to decorate your Maracas. Once they are cut out you can use them as decoration by sticking them on to your Maracas using your handy Pritt glue stick. Remember to wait 4 minutes for the glue to dry.
Once all is dry and in place, cut off the excess paper and aluminum from your Maracas cups.
Now that all the excess paper and aluminum is cut off your cups and all the glue is dry, you are ready to make some music.
You have made your very own Maracas. Can you hear that each one has a slightly different sound?
We hope you have lots of fun playing and remember to come back and visit us at www.prittworld.co.uk to find more fun Pritt projects.