The simplest way to make a rain stick will thrill and delight your kids with the sound of rain!
Paper towel roll (or two! To make a longer rain stick, take two or three paper towel rolls and tape them together)
Colored tissue paper
Uncooked rice or small beans
Cut two circles of paper a little bigger than the ends of the roll. Tape one circle over the end of the tube. Cover the circle with tape so that the whole end of the roll is sealed.
Put a handful of rice or beans inside the open end of the roll. Start with a handful of rice or beans and play around with the sound – covering the end of the roll and listening as the rice or beans fall. When you are happy with the sound, cover the top with a piece of paper and seal that end shut.
Put glue on the outside of the rain stick. Place the sheet of tissue paper down and wrap the rain stick up in it.
Decorate the outside of the rain stick with markers or stickers.
Shake for rain!