Make your own maracas to shake and dance to!

By Emily Miranda

Recycle old containers into musical fun, and decorate them with festive colors!


  • 2 empty yogurt cups, plastic cups, or Styrofoam cups
  • Dried beans or dried peas
  • Duct tape
  • Wrapping paper
  • Clear tape
  • Decorations: paint, stickers, glitter, ribbons, and more


  1. Put a small handful of beans in one cup.
  2. Place the second cup on top, upside down, so the two openings meet.
  3. Use duct tape to firmly secure the seam where the two cups meet.
  4. Have fun decorating! Toddlers can choose colorful paper to wrap around their maracas; secure the paper with clear tape. For more fun, they can add stickers, paint polka-dots, tie ribbons around it, spread with glue and sprinkle with glitter, or do anything they wish.
  5. Shake, shake, shake! Dance, dance, dance!


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