Maracas (Balloons)

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Learn how to make maracas using balloons and paper mache.

By Lillian Foxx [Lillian is a student in Winona, MN]


  • Social Objective: Taking turns.
  • Emotional Objective: Pleasure in discovery and accomplishment.
  • Physical Objective Use of fine motor, large motor, coordination, tactile experience.
  • Cognitive Objective Deciding where to put newspaper squares (spatial intelligence).

What You Need:

  • newspaper
  • flour (best if wheat-based but can use any kind)
  • water
  • balloons
  • paint
  • seeds/rice
  • unsharpened pencils
  • masking tape

What You Do:

  1. Cover table with newspaper.
  2. Pour flour into bowl in middle of table.
  3. Pour in water (enough to make thin, oatmeal consistency).
  4. Everyone put hands in and mix.
  5. Pick a balloon (already inflated).
  6. Dunk balloon in paste, covering it completely, or use hands to smear paste on.
  7. Put balloon on table, wipe off hands.
  8. Paper with newspaper squares (1 in x 1 in).
  9. After finishing two-three layers of newspaper, leave to dry.
  10. Next session: pop balloon and remove, then fill maracas with seeds or rice.
  11. Attach pencil to base with masking tape (using thin strips).
  12. Paint entire maraca, including masking tape and leave to dry.
  13. Play maracas!!!