Monday, March 14, 2011

Homemade Rainstick

In honor of our weather theme this month, James and I made a rainbow rainstick using this tutorial. It was such a fun craft and since the weather outside was warm and sunny, we took it all outside!

First we hammered lots of nails into the cardboard mailing tube. This was James' favorite part, though he got bored with hammering about halfway through. :)

Next we filled the tube with river stones and rice.

The inside of the tube looks a little scary - watch those fingers!

Testing out the sound.

Then we we decorated the tube with all sorts of colorful goodies.

The rainstick makes such a beautiful sound and will be a welcome addition to our classroom instrument basket!

~Thank you for your comments!~

14 comments:

Lindsay said...

First I would like to state that I am totally jealous of the shorts!! Most importantly I love this! I think Sammy would have a blast making and playing with this!!

Aleacia said...

We made one right after you posted The Imagination Tree link, we love it!
http://aleaciah.blogspot.com/2011/03/jungle-weeks-221-34.html

Katrina said...

You can tell that James is so excited to make his rainbow stick! It's a great idea. I make a similar one but with baby class (18 months - 3 years) nails and hammers are a no no. So we use empty clear 500ml drink bottles, let them put beads and assorted beans (red, green, yellow) popcorn and rice into them. I get the children to roll up balls of crepe paper and drop them into their bottles. We glue and tape the caps onto the bottles so the children cannot open them. Also you can use shiny pieces, glitter, bells ... anything that is bright and colorful. My baby class LOVES them! We also use them to play 'spin the bottle' :-)

jennifer said...

we did this when i was an assistant at a montessori school in texas. it was great!
i really need to try to find the materials here in abu dhabi to make them with my own kids!!

have really enjoyed your blog. you have fantastic ideas!
thanks.

about a girl said...

Very cool James! L made one last year but we didn't think to add the nails! It's so nice to see you guys in the sun with shorts on, we have sooo much rain here that the last thing we need right now is a rain stick! LOL

Olives and Pickles said...

You just remind me We made this one month ago and I forgot to post it : )
I love yours too!Thanks for sharing.
patty

Twisted Cinderella said...

that is very creative! I LOVE it!

Natym said...

What a beautiful rainstick!
Thank you for the explainations... :)

The girl who painted trees said...

I saw that tutorial a little while ago (hah, i just read another comment - probably saw that turotial via you after all!) and thought I definitely want to make one of those. Still have to go out for the mailing tube though:) James did a beautiful job. Love the rainbow.

Jen said...

OMG the ocean in the background!!! You have an amazing view! Makes me want to come back to de rock. :) Beautiful rainstick, too!

Jackie H. said...

My son would love this! I love seeing the tropical background-- although it makes me jealous. And it's fun seeing James work on his project :)

No Ordinary Me said...

Seriously, so cute!

M. Brayner said...

Eu vou tentar fazer um mais estreito, com aqueles rolos de papael alumínio (pelo menos aqui no Brasil os rolos são mais finos), acho que meus alunos vão adorar....

Marta
http://eucraftemuitomais.blogspot.com

Christianity Cove said...

We loved making our rain stick. It's also fun to experiment with the different sized fillings and hear the difference in sound. Such a great activity!

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