I have been researching into where the rain stick originates from but it seems that nobody is particularly sure. It was thought that the Diaguita Indians of Chile used the rain stick to bring rain when they were in need of it for their crops. Others believe it was the Mexicans that originally made the rain stick as a musical instrument.
We live in a very wet part of the UK, those of you who have visited Carmarthenshire in South Wales may have experienced our heavy rainfalls. So we currently do not need to use the rain stick to bring on rain but we can use it to create a beautiful sound.
It is very simple to make and a great crafting activity for children to participate in.
What you need:
A cardboard tube (Kitchen roll or wrapping paper roll)
A cover for the end of the tube (Piece of card, parchment paper, paper or tin foil)
Dried rice or Dried Beans
Coloured tissue paper
Or poster paint
First thing to do is to decorate the outside of the tube. Do this by cutting rough shapes out of the tissue paper and stick them to the tube. Or you can paint on pretty patterns using poster paint.
Next you need to make the tin foil twist that goes inside the tube. Do this by cutting tin foil the length of your tube, then scrunch it to create a long thin piece of foil then twist it like the photo below. The tin foil twist doesn’t need to be the length of the tube once finished. Then push the twist down the tube.
Then you need to cover the ends of the tube. The simplest way is by cutting a piece of parchment paper which is just a bit larger than the end of the tube, then tie an elastic band around the paper so the end of the tube is covered.
Finally, hand the rain stick over to your child and watch their face light up whilst they make the sound of rain!