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Did you know:Original maracas were made out of dried gourds — a fruit with a hard skin — filled with seeds.Maracas are usually played in pairs — with one in each hand.Maracas are part of the rattle family. Rattles are ancient instruments that have existed as far back as ancient Egypt!
Many people think the Taino Tribe of Puerto Rico invented maracas — the musical instrument that, according to Blue and Steve, makes a “shake, shake” sound. Maracas are fun to shake and equally fun to make. Let’s get shaking and making maracas!
☑ 2 empty toilet paper rolls or empty plastic bottles
☑ Beads or dried pasta or beans
Here’s how to explain this activity to your child:
Does your little musician hear music everywhere? Watch Steve’s friends make maracas, print an activity kit and more from wyntonmarsalis.org, and play a listening game with Blue and Steve!
Words to Use
Make one maraca. Ask your little musician to shake it up and down and side to side to make music.
Work with your child to make a maraca band. Fill each maraca with different things — from dry beans to dry rice to paper clips. Compare the different sounds!
When kids make music, they’re developing their sense of hearing and their understanding of the world that surrounds them.
Try asking these questions at lunchtime or dinnertime:
Percussion instruments like rattles or drums make noise when you shake, strike, or scrape them! Can we think of five things from around home that we could turn into percussion instruments?