Embarassment? DIY Maraca


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Where is the line between supporting your child and embarrassing them?

My husband is very athletic. He and my sporty son disappear to the ski mountain, to the baseball field, to the soccer field, and to the tennis courts. I am the artsy one. That is what I bring to the family. This afternoon I had a brilliant idea of how I could support my sons baseball team with my limited knowledge  and ability of the sport.  His team mascot is a rattle snake. We could make maracas to shake on the side lines. Will he be delighted that we are supporting him or mortified?

The girls and I had a wonderful time painting oatmeal canisters and paper towel rolls! I think they will be a fun distraction for the younger siblings on the side lines. I wonder if the coaches will allow the kids on the bench to play them too?

Here is how we made them ….

DIY Maracas


  • toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls
    or small / medium size cylindrical canisters
  • paint or stickers or glitter glue or fabric and glue
  • stapler
  • masking or duct tape
  • beans, rice, or poly pellets


  1. Decorate the rolls or canisters as you would like.
  2. Let dry.
  3. If using the rolls: Staple one end.
  4. Fill with about 1/4 cup beans, rice, or poly pellets.
  5. Staple the other end. The roll can be flat or I stapled it the opposite direction. If you are using the canisters glue the top on well after putting the beans, rice, or poly pellets inside.
  6. Place tape over the staples.

I also have to give credit to my big girls preschool who did a whole instrument week. The maraca with the fabric on it in the picture she brought home from school. They also made castanets by hot gluing 2 buttons to a piece of cardboard and folding the cardboard in half, then the kids decorated them.

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