I was way behind the times on this one! Normally when it comes to holidays, big or small, I like to get books from the library, prepare a fun cooking activity and do some kind of a craft. Well, when I woke up this morning and realized it was already May 5th,
I decided we would use toilet paper rolls as the maracas and put lentils, corn and rice in as the filler. This was a bit different from a typical invitation to create because I had to guide him through closing up the ends so that he wasn’t frustrated by his contents flying everywhere. Usually I like to just present him with the materials and let him decide where he wants to take his creation. Aside from that though, Mack had full creative control, something he really loves 😉 I also added to the tray some rubber bands, tape and a glue stick so that he could close up the ends himself once I had actually secured them pretty well. We used Do-a-Dot markers for decoration as well as tissue paper squares.
We just used tissue paper with tape over it to keep the ends covered and it was actually pretty sturdy.
Mack enjoyed mixing all of the ‘ingredients’ together before adding them to his shaker. And what 3 year old doesn’t enjoy scooping and dumping?!
After making a couple, Mack was able to tell them difference in how they all sounded, we discussed the different sounds they made when they were more or less full.
He loves tape, so by the time he was done with his maracas it was pretty much covered in tape, great for shaking!
Once he was done making his maracas he went on to make rice, lentil and corn soup with tissue paper tomatoes. I adore his creativity.