Hi! I’m Olivia, the crafty Nanny behind A Crafty LIVing! I’ve come to share an easy activity with you, perfect for preschoolers!

Washi Tape Rain Sticks

So, what is a rain stick? Traditional rain sticks are instruments made from dried cacti, thorns & pebbles. When held vertically, the falling pebbles sound similar to falling rain. It was believed they would bring a storm!

I don’t know how effective they are; however they’re fun to make & are a great addition to your instrument box!

Easy Washi Tape Rain Sticks craft for kids. Fun DIY musical instrument made from recyclables

To make, you will need

supplies for washi tape rain maker craft

  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Washi Tape
  • Clear Sticky Tape
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • PVA Glue
  • Popcorn Kernels, Rice &/or Lentils
  • Alphabet Stickers

Here’s how to make Washi Tape Rain Sticks!

First, cover one end of the roll in clear sticky tape. We used clear tape so we could see what was happening inside the roll.

Next, glue strips of corrugated cardboard to the inside of your roll. This is what gives the rain stick its distinct rain-like sound. Take an extra piece of the cardboard and fold it back and forth like an accordion and place it inside the tube.

We then got small handfuls of Popcorn Kernels, Rice & Lentils and poured them into the tube. Of course we just had to run our hands through them before adding them to the tube! You can add as little or as much as you like. We opted for a small amount, about ¼ full.

Cover the other end of your roll with clear sticky tape.

making a diy rain maker with washi tape and letters

Before decorating, cut short lengths of washi tape and stick them to the edge of the table. Now your ready to decorate your rain sticks! Stick the washi tape pieces all over the tube. We finished by adding our names with large foam letters.

DIY rainmaker craft with washi tape, simple DIY instrument

All that’s left to do is come up with your own song & dance to shake and move your rain stick to!

clear end on a rain stick

playing and dancing with rain sticks

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