Ever since I saw this post from Counting Coconuts on how to make a rainstick, I have been wanting to make one with the boys! I led an “instrument time” with Gresham’s choir at church tonight (4 & 5 year olds), so I decided that this was just the excuse we needed to make one! Well, two, actually!
This craft is easy to do, and the results are totally worth it – we are very happy with the sound of ours.
To make one, you will need:
- A heavy cardboard mailing tube
- A hammer
- Something to fill the rainstick – we used a mixture of lima beans and some smaller beans from a soup mix. Other options for filler are pebbles or rice. I think the sound is neat if you use something large (like lima beans) and something small as well.
- Something to decorate the outside of the tube. We used duct tape, but you can make it look a lot cuter with colored paper, etc. We’re all about utility here – I wanted it to be sturdy enough to stand up to lots of use (since I teach music and will have a lot of opportunities to use this), and since I wanted the nails to be well-covered.
Step 1: Hammer nails into the mailing tube.
Step 3: Decorate your rainstick! I wasn’t sure if paper would hold up very well with all the nail heads sticking out, especially since we were taking them to a preschool choir class! The duct tape option worked pretty well, I think. They aren’t very pretty, but the texture is interesting to hold, and they’re sturdy! We taped the lids down on the tubes so that there is no chance of beans spilling or little hands getting poked on all those nails!
Linked to Frugal Friday