They can be shaken like a maraca, but for the best effect they are turned slowly onto one end and they make a sound just like rain.
Here’s how we made them:
Step 1: Gather your supplies
Step 2: Give the hammer to the toddler
Step 3: Add fillers
We used jasmine rice and wholemeal penne pasta – just because that’s what we had in the cupboard at the time. You could also use lentils, cous cous, bean soup mix, or even things from the garden like small pebbles.
Step 4: Seal the ends
Step 5: Do a cardboard painting
Do you remember the dot painting that I posted about last week? Well, it “coincidentally” was exactly the right size to go around our cylinders. Wow, that was lucky! *grin* These were old cereal boxes from the recycling. Thick enough to provide some protection, but thin enough so that they will bend easily.
The two larger rectangle paintings were for the sides, and the four square ones were for the ends.
To make the ends, I traced the diameter of the cylinders in permanent marker, and then I cut circles about an inch bigger again. I then cut small triangles in to the inner circle.
Step 6: Decorate the rainsticks
I applied craft glue to the back of the cardboard ends and held in place with a rubber band until the glue had dried.And here’s JJ showing you just why you do need to cover these rainsticks firmly – because apparently it is sooo much fun to take the nails out and put them in again. Sprung! Look at those guilty eyes in the last shot…
And then I glued on some ribbon to finish!
For the visually minded, here is the process again in pictures:
Since making these rainsticks, we’ve had quite a few rain dance parties in our loungeroom. We’ve listened to the tinkling rain sound that they make. We’ve chatted about how these are South American instruments, and looked up South America on the map. Lots of fun with just a little bit of learning thrown in.