Making Maracas – Cinco De Mayo

For this weeks art project, the kids and I made Maracas – to celebrate Cinco De Mayo! Maracas



  1. Safety scissors
  2. Dried beans
  3. Paper plates
  4. Toilet paper rolls
  5. Duct tape



  1. We traced around the toilet paper roll.
  2. Then we drew a bigger circle around the original circle that we drew.  We cut around the bigger circle with our safety scissors.
  3. Cut slits, from the end (where we cut) into the little circle.
  4. Then we bent those slits inwards.  This became our cap.
  5. We place our cap on one end of the paper roll and taped it in place (with the duck tape).
  6. We turned it around and placed 10 or so dry beans in side.  Then we capped the other side and taped it in place.



  1.  We took out our paint and used our imaginations and made pretty designs.  I painted my maraca the colors of the Mexican Flag.  The kids did their own designs.

Final Product

Maracas - Final product

The Sound they Make


To learn more about Cinco De Mayo, we read

Let Me Help

Perico, a Parrot, wanted to help withe the preparation of the Cinco De Mayo celebrations.  Everybody kept shooing him away.  Read about how Perico was finally able to help!

This story is both in Spanish and English.  It tells of of the many festivities that happen during Cinco De Mayo. The big  bright illustrations delighted the children.

Written by:  Alma Flor Ada

Illustrated by: Angela Dominguez

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  1. This is a great cinco de mayo craft!
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  2. What a great idea! I love getting the kids involved and doing some teaching too! =)

    By the way you mentioned that you thought you had left a comment on my May Charity of the Month post before. You probably did leave a post earlier in the week. I was having issues with the Google+ comment thing and had to turn it off…. which deleted all the existing comments. Just wanted to let you know that you were going crazy! haha

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    • Ahhhh, hahahaha! I was thinking I was crazy. I was like – I know I left a comment here. She is doing such a wonderful and honorable thing.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know that I haven’t lost my “ever lovin’ mind”.

      I really do appreciate it! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  3. What a fun project! They turned out so cute, and sound great also. I love TP rolls, I save them for so many projects. Upcycling is always good!!
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  4. Lovely maracas Lisa! really a wonderful art and very easy to create with the kids…

    • Thank you so much for stopping by – and for the compliment!

      Yes, they were very easy to make (which is a requirement as I don’t like anything too complicated or fussy). More importantly, the kids had a great time. It also helps with their gross and fine motor skills!
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  5. Nice! I remember making these when I was little! Thanks a bunch for sharing this @ The Show Off Blog Party 🙂

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  6. What a great post! Now this is something my 4 yr. old and I can do together. I will definitely be looking into the book “Quiero Ayudar” for next year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. 🙂 Pinning! Thank you so much for linking at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #3.
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  7. I love the way your maracas turned out and the book recommendation! I especially love that I have all the materials required for this craft! Thank you for linking up at the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!
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