Monday, May 5, 2014

How to Make a Rainstick (Easy)

We decided to make a rainstick to go along with our Lesson about Brazil (You will be able to purchase my complete lesson here shortly).

We spent a few weeks learning about Brazil.......... from the Amazon to Rio de Janeiro......

                          ......from soccer to capoeira   
                                                  ....from folklore to real stories about famous Brazilians....

We had an amazing time researching, reading, exploring!       

One of our fun projects for the Brazil Lesson was to make a rainstick and it was surprisingly easy to do, so I'm sharing how we did it.

How to Make a Rainstick

Materials used:

  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper towel roll
  • Brown wrapping paper
  • Beans, lentils, rice
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Crayons, color pencils, feathers, stickers for decorating 


Cut out two rounds, each a little bigger than the opening of the paper towel roll.

 Make small cuts all around the circle (this will make it easier to attach to the roll).


Attach one of the rounds to one end of the paper towel roll. We used tape to attach it.

Cut an 8 inch strip of foil and accordion fold it (do this twice)


Twist each strip of foil so it looks kind of like a snake, then twist the two strips together at the ends

Place the foil into the paper towel roll (this will slow down the movement of the beans making for better rain sound).

Attach the 2nd round to the open end of the roll.

This is before it was decorated

Now, let your child go crazy decorating it! Oh, you can cover the roll with paper before decorating, although we didn't do this.

Happy Homeschooling Adventures!

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