We made these upcycled maracas as part of our 7 Ways to Play with Froot Loops, but they could me made with beans, rice, or a variety of different dry options to lend them different sounds — kind of like a DIY Montessori Sound Cylinder!
I had Ella help me assemble the basic maracas using her cool touch hot glue gun, applesauce containers, and a small handful of Froot Loops cereal.
It’s pretty self-explanatory, so here’s a quick photo tutorial (I’ll list the materials and some twists after the picture):
Materials for Froot Loops Maraca Craft
- Pair of matching, empty containers with “lips” wide enough for a string of hot glue — applesauce or pudding containers work great!
- Dry goods that will not rot in the maraca — cereal, beans, rice
- Hot glue or white glue (white glue requires drying time)
- Decorative add-ons: Stickers, glitter glue, washi tape with scissors, permanent markers, pom poms with glue, etc.
This was a great open-ended craft that included aspects of music and multiculturalism (which makes it a great addition for a study of North America). I liked that Ella had to follow a set process to create the basic maraca and then was able to be creative and engage with a variety of materials to decorate hers. (The other children were not included in the maraca assembly, just the decoration — I take more liberties with my own kid!)
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