Wow, these homemade “maracas” are superfun! This project was so simple to do and hours of fun afterward. Your toddler will love putting together these homemade noisemakers and it takes all of two minutes. It was the perfect activity for Jane (2) and the finished product actually sounds like real shakers you buy at the music store. (Hubby, a musician, was surprised by the good sound).
- 2 empty baby food jars (washed and thoroughly dried)
- small rock candy spheres
- paint (optional)
First, we bought pastel colored rock candy (Kasugai Kanpeito) from our local Japanese food market.
Then, Jane filled the empty Gerber jars with the beautiful sugar.
Finally, I tightened the lids and let Jane shake away! The great thing about the baby food jars is that they’re really hard for little toddler hands to open so the contents stay put with all the crazy shaking.
*If you want to add some flair to your shakers, just use an opaque paint to decorate them. I couldn’t get Jane to put her “maracas” down once they were finished, so we never got around to that step.