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Craft: Upcycled Rainsticks

In this episode we learned about Relampago Del Catatumbo, the everlasting lightning storm that’s been raging, on and off, for as long as people can remember. Wowzers!

Make a storm rage at home with these easy to make rain sticks. Rain sticks are those fun instruments you turn upside down to make it sound like rain. You will love the realistic sounds these ones can make.


  • empty paper towel roll
  • colored paper
  • tape
  • aluminum foil
  • wooden spoon
  • dried rice
  • markers, stickers, stamps and/or rubber bands to decorate


1. Start by placing the end of the paper towel roll onto a sheet of paper and trace around it. Do this twice (once for each end of the rain stick), leaving 6” of space between the two circles.

2. Now draw two bigger circles around the small circles you just drew.

3.  Cut out the larger circles and use your scissors to make a bunch of cuts from the edge of the paper to the inner circle.

4. Tape one of these paper cutouts to one end of the paper towel roll, wrapping the flaps you cut around the sides of the tube and securing them with tape.

5. Put the other cutout aside for now and tear off a sheet of foil about 10” long.

6. Crumple the foil into a long snake-like shape.

7. Wrap the snake around the handle of your wooden spoon to make a spiral.

8. Insert the foil spiral into the paper towel tube.

9. Add about ¼ cup of dried rice to the tube.

10. Secure the other end of the tube with the other circle cutout you prepared.

11. If you like you can decorate your rain stick now.

12. Let the rain dancing begin!!!