Musical Rain Sticks

Pre Prep Activity
Creative Play


Rain sticks are fun handmade instruments that you turn upside down to make it sound like rain. This method of making a rain stick uses items found in most households, making it a fun and accessible way to make your own musical instrument.

What you need?

  • Paper towel roll
  • Piece of aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rice or dry beans
  • Tape (or rubber band)
  • Crayons, markers and stickers for decorating


1. Crumple up a long, thin piece of aluminum foil and insert it into the paper towel roll. The aluminum foil will act as the barrier to ensure the rice or beans move through the roll at a slow rate, mimicking the sound of falling rain.

2. Put a doubled-up piece of plastic wrap over one end of the paper towel roll and tape (or use rubber bands) to secure in place.

3. Pour about a tablespoon of dry rice or beans into the open end of the roll then seal the end with a doubled-up piece of plastic wrap. Tape plastic wrap in place.

4. Decorate tube as desired with tape or stickers.

5. Tip back and forth to hear the sweet sound of rainfall!

Musical Rain Sticks

Extension of the activity

  • For different sounds try inserting different materials into the paper towel roll.
  • For example, try pipe cleaners or crumpled up paper instead of aluminum foil, or use buttons instead of rice.