Jingle bell bracelets are a quick and easy crafting project that works for almost every age group, requires only two materials, and leaves virtually no mess. I think even the most craft-averse parent can handle that!
Last week I was tasked to come up with an activity for my son's kindergarten class. I was looking for a quick, non-messy project the kids could do easily, and a friend shared this idea with me: easter egg maracas!
This is a great all-ages crafts. I'm obviously partial to music-related crafts, and it was a convenient way to use up the surplus of Easter eggs we had acquired this year. The kids all seemed to enjoy making the shakers and then playing with them on the playground afterward, and I had just as much fun as the kids did!
- Plastic easter eggs (the small ones work best)
- Popcorn kernels (rice, dried beans, or lentils would work, too)
- Plastic spoons
- Washi tape (Amazon affiliate link)
- Fill a plastic egg with popcorn kernels.
- Nest the egg between two spoons.
- Secure the maraca by wrapping tape around the egg and spoons (little hands may need assistance). You can opt to tape just a few key spots, or go crazy (like my kids did) and wrap up the entire instrument in washi tape.
- Shake it!
Considering how easy this project is, the maracas make a surprisingly satisfying sound and would work perfectly at your next family jam!
Today I'm excited to be sharing a free coloring sheet. My talented friend made it just for the MM blog, and it's got me feeling like a giant heart-eyes emoji! I love the psychedelic effect of the background pattern and the hand-drawn quality of it— it feels so modern and fresh compared to the coloring pages I'm used to seeing.
Do you have any budding artists in your family? I'd love to see what you and your kiddos create with this. Please share your works of art over on the Musical Mama Facebook page!
I've printed out a few copies on cardstock so my kids can paint with watercolors on them. I think I'll have to paint one myself. :)