DIY Maraca

Appropriate for grades:
Subject areas: Visual and Performing Arts

Maracas, sometimes referred to as rhumba shakers, are percussive instruments made from dried calabash, gourd, or coconut shell. The shell is hollowed out and then partially filled with seeds or dried beans that create a rattling sound when shaken. Newer versions can also be made of leather, wood, or plastic. Often one maraca is pitched low and another is pitched high. Some of the earliest versions of the maraca are of Moroccan origin. The word itself is thought to have come from the Tupi language of Brazil.


You'll need:

  • two 7” paper plates
  • large craft stick (tongue depressor)
  • plastic beads, dried beans, or pebbles
  • glue stick & Scotch tape 
  • scissors coloring materials (markers, colored pencils &/or paint)
  • decorating materials (ribbon, feathers, Jingle bell &/or patterned paper)




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