Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Project Paper Cup: Paper Hot Cup Maracas



Welcome to another edition Project Paper Cup! In this issue, we are going to focus on kid-friendly art projects using paper hot cups.

Music is a powerful tool that is not just for enjoyment. For children, music can aid learning and help in their mental and emotional development. That is why it is good (and highly recommended!) to expose our young ones to music. Aside from teaching them how to play musical instruments, another great way to do this is by helping them make their own musical instruments! In this issue, we are going to teach you how to make paper hot cup maracas using used (but of course clean) paper hot cups. Not only is this eco-friendly, this project also helps kids learn the value of resourcefulness and improve their creativity.

Aside from recycled paper hot cups (you need at least two), you will also need packing tape, art supplies and something to shake around inside. You can either use pasta or rice or you can also ask your kids to go around the house (as part of the project) and look for knick-knacks that they can put inside. Having several options for the content of your maracas is also a good way for a little scientific experiment. Ask your children to pinpoint the different sounds created by each item and have them come up with different sounds by combining the objects that you have.

Making the actual maracas is simple. Fill one paper hot cup with up to ¾ full of your chosen object and place another one on top. Tape them together and voila! You’ve got yourself instant paper hot cup maracas. Use your art supplies to decorate the exterior of the paper hot cup. You can add glitters, stickers or even draw your kid’s favorite cartoon character. The creative possibilities are endless!


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