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Wow it's been a really busy week for me. Not only am I still promoting and preparing for my theatre show in September but I have now confirmed the details for a fantastic halloween party called Halloween Havoc. This week in the Kids Club I will show you how to make your own Maracas. Often overlooked as a child's toy these maracas are in so many songs and add a very odd rhythm to music, a little like reggae music where you get that extra little beat. Here is a good example of some music with Maracas
Make your own Maracas
First you need to decide what to put inside your maracas, you can use a few different materials inside your maracas. All of which create different sounds.
Filling for your maracas – any of the following:
Sand, salt, pebbles, birdseed, rice, beans, small beads, large beads, dried pasta, rice, dried peas or beans, small washers, paper clips, small erasers.
SUPPLIES (for one pair of maracas)
2 x 230 mL water bottles, cleaned and dry
2 x toilet paper rolls
Electrical tape (colorful, if possible)
First take your clean and dried 230ml water bottle and fill with your chosen contents. Close it up with the cap and then listen to the sound. Once it sounds good to your ears, then you can move to the next step.
So, now you’ve decided how you want your pair of maracas to sound and you’ve tightened the cap on your two water bottles. The next step is to create the handle. Take your two toilet paper rolls and make a straight cut from one end to the other. Tighten the roll in on itself to about the size of a ¾ inch dowel and then apply your electrical tape. Start wrapping the tape around the bottom part of the rattle on the bottle and move down onto the new handle. Wrap slowly, covering all the cardboard of the toilet paper roll and you will have created a rather sturdy handle for your new instrument.
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