A paper towel tube or other long cardboard tube Aluminum foil Small dried beans (like lentils), unpopped popcorn, dry rice, or tiny pasta. Brown paper (from a grocery bag) or construction paper Glue Scissors Crayons or markers
Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments used to invoke the rain spirits.
1. Trace around the end of your tube onto a piece of brown paper (or construction paper).
2. Draw a bigger circle around that circle and then draw a lot of spokes between the two circles.
3. Cut along the spokes. Put glue on the spokes and glue the cap onto one end of your tube.
4. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that is about one and half times the length of your tube and about 6 inches wide.
5. Crunch the aluminum foil into two long, thin, snake-like shapes. Then twist each one into a spring shape.
6. Put the aluminum foil springs into your tube. Pour some dry beans, dry rice, or unpopped popcorn into your tube. The tube should only be about 1/10 full. You can experiment to see how different amounts and different types of seeds and beans change the sound.
7. Make another cap from brown paper (the same as the first three steps) and cap your tube.
Optional: Decorate the tube by covering it with brown paper or construction paper, and then making designs with crayons or markers (or cut-out paper or stickers). Rainforest designs are nice, especially brightly-colored butterflies, frogs, and flowers. Tiny construction paper butterflies (like the one on the right) are nice glued onto the rainstick.