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Preschool Egg Maracas

Egg Maracas (8)If you’re looking for an easy, last minute Easter craft here’s one! I did a special spring program for my preschoolers and they loved it!

I read Press Here by Herve Tullet and had all the children help me press, rub, shake, and clap along with me to make the magic happen. This also was a good springboard for ideas for families to take home and do with their children. Then, we got straight to the craft to leave plenty of time for dancing. You’ll need:

  • Small cups
  • Cheerios (not the best for sound, but non-toxic/no choking hazard)
  • Plastic eggs
  • Duct tape (there are so many cool kinds nowadays!)
  • Electrical tape
  • Spoons (2 per child)
  • Stickers to decorate
  • Scissors (for yourself while setting up)

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Setup:

  • Pour the Cheerios in the cups. I made sure to be generous. Of course the little ones are going to have a snack while they’re working!
  • Cut strips of duct tape and electrical tape. Stick them to the wall or edge of the table.
  • Place spoons, eggs, Cheerios, and stickers on each table.
  • Highlight your music collection for checkout!

Directions for families:

1. Add Cheerios to fill egg.

1. Add Cheerios to fill egg. Close egg tightly.

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2. Place egg between two spoons and wrap handles with duct tape.

3. Place electrical tape over the egg and hold spoons and egg together.

3. Place electrical tape over the egg and hold spoons and egg together.

4. Decorate with stickers and shake away!

4. Decorate with stickers and shake away!

I taped directions all over the room, and gave parents a crash course before we got to work. I played music during the program so as children finished, they could dance around with their new instrument. I always have extra, so some children make extra for their siblings, cousins, or friends who they will be seeing for the holiday.

For more preschool ideas, check out Lisa’s Libraryland. She’s hosting the weekly Flannel Friday roundup this week.

2 comments on “Preschool Egg Maracas

  1. Kathryn Roach
    April 18, 2014

    These are ‘eggsellent’! Happy Easter! Thanks for sharing such a cute idea!

    • mrsshaia
      April 19, 2014

      Haha, thanks! My families really enjoyed this idea. A lot of them were going to go to the local craft store after storytime to get materials to make them with their families for the holiday weekend (a lot easier than dying eggs!).

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