First I mixed the water and flour together.
Then I blew up the balloon. Then I tore off long
strips of newspaper and dipped them in the flour
and water. I put it on the balloon. I had to use
lots of newspaper on it because if there was a spot
left on the balloon when it dried up, then my
balloon would pop and my instrument would be
destroyed. When it dried I poured all of the beans
in to the balloon and then I stuck the stick in
there. I painted the maracas with designs. And my
instrument was fully built.
My cousin Erica helped me by doing one ball
for me and my little sister Brittany helped me by
ripping the newspaper and dipped it in the water
and flour and gave it to me. My step-dad, Rick,
helped me by cutting the stick and putting it in
and put some kind of glue on it to make it stay.
The parts I did myself were making the other ball
and painting it and blowing up the balloons and
mixing the flour and water together.
The problem I had while making my instrument
was when I kept running out of flour and water I
had to keep running back and forth. I solved it by
leaving the flour and a cup of water on the