Make a Rain Stick

Today I’ll share a project my son and I worked on yesterday. I try to do 1 or 2 crafts each week with my 3-year-old son (I also try to let my 1-year-old daughter paint frequently). It’s been quite rainy this summer so far, so rain sticks seemed like an appropriate project. Here’s how you do it:

Materials:
1 Paper towel roll
Construction paper scraps or plastic wrap.
Glue
2 Rubber bands
Foil
Uncooked rice

1. Cut construction paper scraps into 2 circles 1 inch wider than the radius of the end of the paper towel roll. These will be the caps at each end of the paper towel roll. (You could use plastic wrap instead. You wouldn’t need to cut this into circles)

2. Cut 2 strips of foil twice the length of the paper towel roll and about 2 or 3 inches wide.

3. Crinkle the foil strips into long thin “snakes” and wrap around a pencil to create 2 “springs.”

4. Glue and or rubber band the construction paper circles (or plastic wrap) on one end of the paper towel roll to seal it off.

5. Place both foil springs into the paper towel roll.

6. Fill the paper towel roll about 1/8 full of rice.

7. Cover the other end of the paper towel roll with the other construction paper circle or more plastic wrap using glue and/or a rubber band.

8. Decorate with paint or other decorations and let dry.

9. Play and Dance!!!!

Hope you are having a fun Tuesday!

~Sh

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