Thursday, May 23, 2013

DIY rain stick

One of Ladybugs favourite things to play with in music class are the rain sticks. It's funny cause we have most of the other percussion instruments still from my Kindergym days, but no rain stick!

No worries, these things are easy peasy to make. All you need is a postal tube, some aluminium foil and some rice (and maybe some super glue to secure the ends on if you have a curious little one!)

You can decorate the postal tube however you like - we have a stack of pre-painted blue and pink ones but you could decorate them with paint, stickers, glitter, etc

Roll out a big length of aluminium foil then scrunch it up into a long sausage shape.

Then twirl it around into a spiral as you push it into the inside of the postal tube, insuring that the foil goes from end to end.

Pour in some dry rice (we used about 1/2 cup)

Place both ends back on the postal tube. Use some super glue around the edges if you are worried about escaping rice (or poured out rice ;-)

To create a 'rain sound' just hold the tube vertical and listen as the rice tumbles down through the aluminium foil.

Ladybug loves having her very own rain stick now.

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