21 Jul

We are beginning this term with a 4 week Cultural Unit studying the Australian Indigenous Culture.

Last week we studied Aboriginal artefacts and read a few Dreamtime stories.

We also made a rainstick.

We were lucky enough to have a student bring to school a ‘real’ rainstick (so we had some idea what we were doing).  I also found a great video on You Tube that showed us how to make one.

All we needed was a cardboard cylinder, brown paper, rubber bands and alfoil.


We used corn and rice (items we had left over from our science unit) to put inside the stick for the ‘rain’ sound effect.

IMG_4797After the students had made their rainstick they painted them with their first attempt of Aboriginal art.


 They look great when they were finished!

Now I can fib and tell you all that they easy to make – honestly it was a little stressful.  The You Tube clip suggests fastening the ends with rubber bands, which we did to start with……..then by the time the 2 student had rigorously shaken their rainstick so fast that the end had come off causing rice and corn to fly across the classroom we wised up and insisted that every child sticky tape their ends down!  When we were finished we also found 4 pieces of alfoil that obviously fell out of a few rainsticks before they were sealed shut!


Stay tuned for next week when we attempt weaving!!


5 Responses to “Rainstick”

  1. Have A Laugh On Me 22/07/2014 at 6:53 PM #

    My boys did this at Kindy, I love that they celebrated Naidoc Week!

  2. Jacana 22/07/2014 at 10:18 PM #

    Now that is a cool idea

  3. Annaleis from Teapots and Tractors 22/07/2014 at 11:45 PM #

    I have a rainstick on the kids shelf. Great to use for the person whose turn it is to talk in the classroom too.

  4. Denyse Whelan 23/07/2014 at 5:29 PM #

    That was really interesting to read..and as fellow teacher, I get that it was ‘stressful’ too. Like the whole getting the kids involved too, Marleisa. Denyse

  5. EssentiallyJess 26/07/2014 at 8:03 PM #

    I was just thinking about how to make these the other day! Thanks for the link.

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