Make Music With Yogurt Bottle Maracas
Make mah-velous green (and cheap!) musical instruments.
- Clean, empty, drinkable yogurt containers with lidsLet your kids know you're going to do something special with their empty yogurt containers, so they'd better drink up! A great way to gather your craft materials and ensure their calcium intake all in one!
- Noise-making materials such as pennies, rice, popcorn kernels, seeds, dried beans or pebblesIn fact, you should have your kids collect their pebbles from the yard… while you catch some rays.
- Duct tapeTo jazz things up, invest in colored duct tape. You can choose from 25 different colors at Tapebrothers. Silver duct tape is soooo 1990.
- Embellishments: Stickers, pom poms, ribbon or trim, rhinestones, buttons, anything snazzy…Some embellishments can be a choking hazard for little ones, so make sure only older kids make maracas with 3-D decorations!
- PaintThis is optional, but if you're feeling adventurous (i.e. you don't mind cleaning up a little paint!) you can let your kid paint the maracas to make them more festive.
- GlueThe plain old white stuff will do.
- Toss the empty yogurt containers into the dishwasher to get them nice and clean. Make sure you get all the yogurt out because, believe us, you don't want to smell a month-old maraca that wasn't cleaned properly!
- Gather your noise-making materials. Have your kids collect pebbles or case the cupboards for dried beans, rice, un-popped popcorn, etc. This is a great way to use up those year-old lentils you swore you'd make into homemade soup last winter!
- Have the kids fill the yogurt containers with what they gathered.
- Experiment with different materials. Changing the type and amount of the materials inside will change the sound the maracas make.
- Tape the lids shut with the duct tape. If you want, you can cover the whole container with tape to make a multi-colored instrument in your child's favorite hues. Optionally, now is the time to paint the maracas and let them dry before you move on to the next step.
- Dress up the maracas by letting your kids glue on embellishments. (Or you can hot glue them on if you've got a glue gun handy.) One can never use too many rhinestones on a musical instrument—just ask Liberace, who covered a whole piano in them! (Don't believe us? Check it out!.)
- When the instruments are finished, form a family conga line and shake it! You can march your conga line around the house, up the stairs, down the block. It's a great way for you to get some cardio. Arriba!