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Rain Sticks

DIY rain sticks

DIY rain sticks are not only a perfect activity when you’re stuck indoors or looking for a fun sensory experience on a rainy day, but it’s also a great chance to unleash your creativity and have a hands-on crafting adventure.


You can easily make your own rain stick using everyday materials you have at home, like paper towel rolls, rice, and tape. It’s a simple and satisfying project that requires minimal preparation and effort.


Once you’re done crafting your rain stick, it’s time to test out its soothing sound. Just flip the tube over gently and enjoy the calming sound of the rice cascading through it!

Craft Materials

For this activity you will need:

  • Paper towel tube or toilet paper tube
  • Craft paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pen/pencil
  • Kitchen utensil
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dry rice or beans
  • Funnel

How to make your Rain Sticks


DIY Rain Sticks Color a piece of paper

Start by having your child choose a piece of colored paper and decorate it with markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc.


DIY Rain Sticks Trim paper

Wrap your paper around the paper towel tube and cut off the excess. Set aside the extra paper for later!


DIY Rain Sticks Roll paper around tube

Secure the paper around the tube using tape.


DIY Rain Sticks Trace circles for top and bottom openings

Trace and cut out two circles on your saved extra paper.


 Secure cut out circles to ends of tube

Take one circle and tape it securely to the bottom of your tube.


 Roll some aluminum foil

Cut off some aluminum foil and roll it along the long edge.


 Wrap rolled foil around wooden spoon

Wrap the rolled aluminum foil around a kitchen utensil. I just used a long stirring spoon.


 Insert foil coil into tube

Insert the coiled aluminum foil into the tube. You may need to scrunch the aluminum foil coil down or stretch it out so that it is the length of your tube.


 Pour in dry rice

Pour some dry rice or beans into the tube. I prefer to use rice, I think it sounds more like rain! I only used about 1/4 cup.


Secure top opening closed

Secure the top of your tube with the remaining paper circle and tape.


DIY Rain Sticks

That’s it! Get ready to enjoy the relaxing sound of rain with your rainstick!


To create the perfect rain effect, try turning it over slowly and let the rice cascade gently, creating a calming atmosphere.


If you want a livelier rain sound, shake it with a bit more energy, turning your rainmaker into an instant shaker for extra excitement!


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