Lesson 1: Making maracas from recycled materials

Inspired by STOMP, the children create maracas using plastic bottles and decorate them with West African patterns.

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To create a musical instrument from recycled materials



National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • Improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including weaving
  • Learn about great artists, architects and designers in history

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


For pupils needing extra support: You could share examples of simple patterns used in decorating instruments for them to base their work on.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should have neat, carefully painted in patterns.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Simon Chubb,  
Art & Design specialist
Simon is a teacher, cartoonist and artist. He uses his 25 years of experience to teach art in schools and has his own workshop business ‘Scartoons’ in which children create comicA series of drawings which tell a story characters and…
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