We love crafts that can be made from recyclables and this rainbow rainmaker is a great cardboard tube craft, plus is a great home made musical instrument. There are lots of ways to adapt this project depending on the age of your kids, however, we decided to use some of my massive stash of washi tape and make our rainmaker a rainbow of colours.
Traditionally rainmakers or rainsticks are believed to have been invented by the Aztecs and were played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rain is not something we need more of in the UK, but without rain, you would never get rainbows.
Rainbow rainmaker or rainstick – Cardboard tube craft
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- Cardboard tube (UK Link/US Link)
- Washi tape (UK Link/US Link)
- Beans or rice
- White duck tape
- Nails or drawing pins (optional)
- Hammer (optional)
How to make a rainbow rainmaker or rain stick
Most homemade rainmakers or rainsticks have nails or drawing pins pushing randomly through the side to slow down the rice or dried beans and make the sound of falling water. We skipped this step, mainly as I couldn’t find the hammer!
We started by covering the tube with white tape and adding our beans (they were 9 years out of date)! we made sure that we taped the ends closed once the beans were in. If you are planning on painting the outside of the tube, then cover it in paper.
I have said before I have a rather large stash of washi tape, so we placed the colours we chose (the boys wanted to make a rainbow) and then they started wrapping them around the tube.
What child does love something that makes noise and this rainbow rainmaker or rain stick is perfect for that and ours have had a lot of play!
You could also use stickers like Happy Hooligans did with their rainsticks or collage like The Imagination Tree
Check our our other rainbow crafts:
- DIY Rainbow Clay Christmas Tree Decorations
- How to Make Rainbow Milk Marbled Paper Art
- How to make a Rainbow Windsock
- Rainbow Crafts and Activities for Kids
This would be a great craft for St Patricks day too
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St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet from Larabee UK
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Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity from Kidz Activities
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Rainbow Duct Tape Rainbows from Teach Me Mommy