One of Avery’s favorite things is music, instruments and dancing. I recently put a radio in her room and she loves it and can’t control herself when it is on. She just has.to.dance. 
Have I mentioned that my child has little to know interest in any children’s shows? Sesame street, cartoons- nothing. 
She totally digs and will get enthralled with So You Think You Can Dance and America’s Best Dance Crew.
In baby class this year, we had a music teacher that came every other week and it was one of her favorite things…ever.
This is where I got the idea to make some musical instruments with her, today was rainsticks:
Click “Read More” to see the tutorial and my tip for ‘making it rain’….
like the sound, not money- I am not a rapper, I might be able to make it rain with pennies.. but that might hurt. 
Moving on. 

You need:
  • Paper towel roll
  • Paint
  • Foil
  • Packing tape
  • Piece of scratch paper (for under the roll when you paint)
  • Rice or other noise making material
First, you child get to paint their paper towel roll. 
Then, you get a piece of foil 2-3 times as long as the paper towel roll.
Then, scrunch it up width wise. 
Next, coil it up and then either stretch or compress it to fit the length and size of the paper towel roll. 
Before you put it in, use the packing tape to cover one side. 
Then, put the coil inside the paper towel roll. 
Pour in your rice or other noise making material.
Tape up the second side, and you are done!
Very exciting!

7 Responses to Rainsticks!

  1. Art For Little Hands July 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    What a great idea! I have seen them done with poking holes and putting toothpicks through. It was an arduous task. I love this idea so much better. I am saving this to use someday! Thanks

  2. Kara @ Mine for the Making July 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    LOVE it!! Luci and I will be making these FOR SURE!

    Avery is getting SO big, Michelle!! And more beautiful than ever. Her little face gets me every time :)

  3. Lindsay July 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    This is such a cute idea! I know my girls would love this! Thanks for sharing!

    Ps-What a little cutie that you have!

  4. Michelle July 6, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    Very cute idea!!

  5. mermaid July 6, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    Very cute!
    We made one the same way a few days ago. We just covered the outside of the tube with foil as well (less mess :D). But its not making as much rain noise as I hoped.

  6. Davinci Intrumentious February 15, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    nice idea ?

  7. Shea Rollins April 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    So glad you shared. Have been ready to make a rainstick with my 3 year old son, but wasn’t sure about the nails or toothpicks ideas. I saw yours and we are actually making it right now. Thank you.