Rain sticks are beautiful instruments, traditionally made of cactus. The spines of the cactus are pulled off and poked into the cactus. It is then filled with rocks, beans or other small objects and sealed. In our non-cactus version, we used a wrapping paper tube (paper towel rolls would suffice as well), toothpicks, Tulle (to close the ends), packing tape, rock salt and beads.
1. Poke the tooth picks into the cardboard tube. This will need adult supervision.
2. Have an ADULT break or cut the excess of the toothpicks and cover any sharp edges.
3. Decorate and fill
Remember to use caution and judgment when allowing children to use sharp objects!
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