Wheaton Family Theatre Series

Arts & Crafts


Make Your Own Rain Stick Instructions

Lorem Ipsum  The story we are sharing is called The Magic Tree. This story is a  folktale from Zambia, and it takes place in a dry land where it hasn’t rained in a long, long time. We’re going to make Rain Sticks to help us make the sound of the rain the animals are all wishing for. Our Rain Sticks will also help us make the sound of the animals moving through the grasslands and the whooshing of the wind through the branches of the Magic Tree!

What you’ll need to make your Rain Stick:

  • Safety scissors

  • 1 cardboard wrapping paper roll (without wrapping paper), or a paper towel roll (without paper towels) Wrapping paper poles about 2+ feet long tend to work best, but paper towel rolls are also fine alternatives!

  • 1 sheet of colored construction paper (OR a printer to print out the pre-made decoration pattern of your choice!)

  • Aluminum foil

  • Plastic wrap

  • A tablespoon

  • Popcorn kernels, dry beans, uncooked rice, or a combination of these

  • Tape

  • Markers, stickers, and anything else you’d like to decorate your rain stick with!

How to make your Rain Stick:

1. If you’d like to decorate your own Rain Stick, draw pictures on or decorate one side of your colored paper. (Or feel free to print, cut out, or copy the model patterns linked below!) 

**Remember: only some of your paper will show once wrapped around the tube, so you don’t need to fill the whole page if you don’t want to! :)

2. Crumple up 2 long, thin pieces of aluminum foil (about 1 foot each) and insert them into your tube. The foil will help keep the beans/rice/kernels moving through the tube slowly, making the rainfall sound!

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3. Put a doubled-up (folded twice) piece of plastic wrap over one end of the tube, and tape it in place.

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4. Pour 2-3 tablespoons of each of your rain ingredients into the open end of the tube, then seal the end with another doubled-up piece of plastic wrap taped in place.

5. Tape your decoration paper or printed pattern to the tube, then wrap it around the tube, and tape in place.

6. Decorate your rainstick with tape or stickers or markers or feathers or anything else you like and make it your own.

7. Tip your stick back and forth to hear the sweet sound of rainfall!

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