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Rain Stick

Designed by Tim Stull

Make this musical rain stick from recycled material. It’s fun to listen to even
if you don’t want it to rain!

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like
wax paper or plastic.

Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 1 to 6

Skill Level: Moderate

Appropriate for These Special Events
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time Needed for Project:
1 hour plus drying time


Main supplies:

  • Wrapping paper or paper towel tube
  • ACTIVA® Scenic Sand™ – assorted colors
  • Elmer’s® Glue-All™
  • Cardboard scraps
  • Beans
  • Rexlace® plastic lacing
  • Beads
  • Feathers


Basic Supplies:

  • Masking tape
  • Round toothpicks.
  • Nail
  • Pencil
  • Craft snips


1.  Trace around the end of the tube and cut two circles from cardboard. Use one to close off one end of the tube. Seal around the edge with masking tape. Save the second circle.
2.  Use a nail to make small holes next to the spiral of the tube about every inch or less. The length of your tube will determine the number of holes. Stick a toothpick in each hole as far as possible then clip off the end level with the cardboard.
3.  Fill the tube with popcorn or beads. Seal the other end wit the remaining cardboard circle and tape.
4.  Paint one are of the tube with white glue suing a scrap of cardboard as your brush. Then roll in sand. Be creative and alternate colors of sand as you paint each area with glue.
5.  Decorate your rain stick with plastic lacing, beads, and feathers.

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