Animal Maracas

Make a menagerie of shaky animals! Ready-made wooden maracas are easily transformed into colourful characters and are a fun way for children to explore rhythm and sound.

Skill Level

Beginner / KS2. Adult supervision needed.

Time to Make

Up to 1 hour + drying time for glue and paint

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. To make ears, cut 2 small matching pieces of card then fix onto the maracas with small strips of sticky tape.
  2. To make a beak, cut a 5cm diameter semi-circle from card, curl it into a cone, tape the ends then stick it onto the side of a maraca.
  3. Tear up some small strips of coloured tissue paper. Lightly paste glue over the maracas and the card shapes then carefully press tissue paper over the top. Brush over the top layers of tissue, smoothing the surface. Leave the maracas to dry standing up inside a plastic margarine container or a large yogurt pot.
  4. When the glue and tissue has thoroughly dried, paint some details onto your maracas.You could add patches of different colours or patterns. Leave to dry.
  5. Glue wiggle eyes onto your maracas. You could also glue feathers, ribbon, sequins or gems as decoration.

Top Tip

If any areas of tissue paper tear as you paste it down, leave it to dry and add another piece of tissue over the top You may find it easer to work on the top section of the maraca first, allowing the glue or paint to dry first before working on the handle.

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