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The Rain Stick 

(Another neat way to recycle paper towel tubes...)

I used paper towel rolls to make Rain Sticks for a 2nd grade class.

We first read a book about The Rain Stick, then we made our own like this:

You will need:

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Brown packing tape (or any kind of tape you can paint on)
  • Brown tempera paint
  • Toothpicks
  • White glue
  • Rice

I pre-poked holes in them (a lot of holes) before the kids started to work on it and I also covered one end of the roll with tape. Use tape you can paint on.

The kids then painted their stick with brown tempera paint. Let the stick dry then have the kids put toothpicks through one hole and out another. Glue both ends of the toothpick. The whole idea is to have the toothpicks going in at different angles to make the required sound. Have an adult cut off any protruding ends of the toothpicks.

Each child then fills their roll with rice. I had them decide on their own how much to use; just have them put the rice in a little at a time and have them flip it back and forth so they could hear the "rain" sound they wanted. (It won't take a lot of rice though.)

Tape up the other end with paintable tape and, there you have it, a rainstick!!!!!

Contributed by Roberta,

The Story of the Rainstick, A Fable

Painting the rainsticks Decorating the rainsticks
Mrs. Hartman's 2nd Grade Class Painting and Decorating Their Rainsticks
Melaleuca Elementary
W. Palm Beach, FL

Following is The Rainstick book Roberta made for her class to accompany this project.

Rainstick book, pgs 1-3 pgs 4-8

Pgs88 pgs

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