How To Make Rice Maracas

The history of maracas originated out of Puerto Rico, Cuba, Venezuela, Latin America, and the Caribbean. These little beauties are percussion instruments. They are usually played in pairs, consisting of whatever you want to fill them with. Beans, Rice, Seeds, you name it. Most of the time one ball is high pitched, and the other is low pitched. These were invented 1500 years ago. The word maraca is thought to come from the Tupi Language of Brazil.

Maracas are used widely throughout the music industry. Whether it be in Latin music, pop, classical, or whatever your favorite music, its gives a good rhythm to any music.

Rice Maracas are easily made, and as we all love to make music in some form or fashion, its easy to do whether or not you have rhythm or not. Rice Maracas are the easiest music instruments to make. Let’s begin by gathering the supplies you will need to make the rice maracas.

Supplies Needed:

  • A bag of rice
  • Two Dowel pins
  • 4 cups
  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Tape

Okay, now let's get into making our rice maracas.

Let’s begin with the 4 cups

  1. Take 2 of the 4 cups and fill the cups with rice.
  2. Now remember that your rice will need to be uncooked, and only fill the cups half full, so that a way it gets an amazing sound.
  3. Take the other two cups and put them on top and glue them together and clamp them together and let them dry for about 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Take the two dowel pins, and insert them into the other 2 cups through a small hole. Use a little glue and some tape to tape up the hole. Let it set until it dries.
  5. While it is drying, prepare what ever colors of paint you going to use to paint your rice maracas.
  6. After about 30 minutes to an hour you can begin painting the rice maracas, you can paint them however you want.
  7. One can paint them one solid color, tri-color, however makes no difference, anyway that will catch your child's attention. Once they are done you can test them to see if this how you want your maracas.

Another way to make a simple rice maraca is using paper plates. Take 2 paper plates, pour the rice in one of the paper plates, and then lay the other one on top and staple or tape it down, and shake it make sure no rice is coming out. Paint or color it if you want, and then give it to your child to try out, and if they like it start teaching him or her new rhythms, and rhythms.

Just remember the simple rice maracas are great for children who want to learn a new little instrument.


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