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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

12 Days of Multicultural Musical Activities (Part One)

Latin American instruments

As a wrap-up for 2013, we asked the talented children’s musician and performer DARIA to share some post-holiday activities that families can do together.  Here are 12 different ways you can make the holidays bright by exploring diversity and making music.


Although you can find the day by day list on DARIA’s monthly song page, here are some of the highlights of the first six days.




Who doesn’t love the sound of jingle bells?  Whether it’s simple crafted bracelets or anklets or more elegant Indian style ghungroo ankle bells, this musical craft makes any day more merry.  Find instructions on these as well as how to make a kids’ version of morris bells, at the links below.


Jingle Bells


Indian Style Ankle Bells


Easy Morris Dancing Bells




Learn a simple song like Feliz Navidad or dig deeper into the customs of Puerto Rico or beautiful Villancicos — Christmas carols — from Latin America.  And play along on your own homemade instruments such as set of maracas or make your own guiro at home to play along.


Feliz Navidad and Puerto Rican Christmas Traditions


Spanish Language Christmas Carols – Villancicos de Navidad


Make Some Homemade Maracas


Feliz Navidad for Non-Spanish speakers


Hear, Color or Make A Guiro




In South Africa, you can hear what a horn that has been called “the world’s most annoying musical instrument.” A homemade version of this soccer stadium classic is easy to make and perfect for welcoming in a New Year!


Make Your Own Stadium Horn


Vuvuzelas from All Around The World


Vuvuzelas Homemade Ankle Bells Guiro And Maracas FELIZ NAVIDAD


Watch out for Part II of the remaining activities in our 12 days of multicultural musical activities!

© 2013, Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou. All rights reserved.

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Award-winning children’s performer, DARIA (Daria Marmaluk-Hajioannou) has six cd’s that have won national honors. She has the most awesome job of traveling the world to sing for kids and peace. Her website, located at, was given a 2009 Parent's Choice Award for its musical and cultural content.

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