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Selfmade Rainsticks – perfect for children!
I’m a teacher for early music and arts education, and here’s a tutorial for selfmade rainsticks which I developed. My little students are 3 to 6 years old, and I didn’t want them to use a hammer and sturdy cardboard tubes (it would have taken too long; we have only one hour per week). At the hardware store, I found the perfect material: insulation tubes made of foam! They’re not expensive, and the little ones can easily stick the nails into the foam.

It’s great for small groups of children, and the rainsticks sound wonderful!

Posted by Anke A. from Wernau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany • Published See Anke A.'s 15 projects »
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  • How to make a rain stick. Selfmade Rainsticks - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the long foam tubes in half. Now take the wire nails and stick them into the foam (if you like, you can draw a spiral around the tube and use it as a guide). Tell the children to leave at least a thumb-tip wide space between the nails.

  • How to make a rain stick. Selfmade Rainsticks - Step 2
    Step 2

    With the cutter knife, cut a round plug from the foam… (Do this while the children are busy with the nails.)

  • How to make a rain stick. Selfmade Rainsticks - Step 3
    Step 3

    …and stick the plug into one end of the tube. Fixate it with 3-4 wire nails.
    Into the other side of the tube, pour half a cup of rice or gravel. Close this side with another plug.

  • How to make a rain stick. Selfmade Rainsticks - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut the plaster bandages to the length of the tubes. Pull a bandage through a bowl with water and flatten the bandage on the tube. Repeat until the tube is covered with two layers of plaster.

  • How to make a rain stick. Selfmade Rainsticks - Step 5
    Step 5

    After the plaster has dried, paint the tubes with acrylic paint
    Alternatively, you can cut a large sheet of paper and wrap it around the tube, attach it with some wire nails. The paper can be painted before or after, using paint or felt-tip pens.
    Have fun!

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Anke A.
Anke A. · Wernau, Baden-Württemberg, DE · 15 projects
Hi Glitter Pixie,
good that you're asking! It's not a safety issue, but we have only one hour per week for our lessons. So if I started to pass out hammers and nails, it would be impossible to get the sticks done within the time. The plaster bandages could only be used because we had an additional catch-up lesson.
Those kids are used to working with drills and saws as well Happy
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Glitter Pixie
Glitter Pixie · York, England, GB
These look great! Just wondered why you say you didn't want them to use a hammer? I wonder if that was just for this particular activity or whether it is policy, or health and safety issue that concerns you? Just to let you know the 3-5s I work with can use hammers, nails, saws, clamps, and even drills on their own (with appropriate supervision of course). I think it's really important to expose children to risk so that their understanding can really develop; we even have fire play days!
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 377 projects
Cute idea!
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 377 projects
Cute idea!
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