How to Make a Rainmaker Musical Instrument

By Greg Minton ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Long cardboard tube (a wrapping paper tube)
  • Cardboard paper
  • Glue
  • Dry beans or rice
It's not easy to find a dried cactus so you can make your rainmaker out of a cardboard tube instead.

A rainmaker, also called a rainstick, is a musical instruments that makes a sound like falling rain when it is turned over. Traditionally, a rainmaker is made from a hollow, dried out cactus but you can make a simple version out of materials from your recycling bin. Even children as young as 4 or 5 years old can make a rainmaker with a little adult supervision.

Cut two circles out of construction paper. Ensure that they are the same size as the holes on the ends of the cardboard tube. These circles will cover the holes.

Glue one of the circles onto one of the ends of the cardboard tube. Make sure it makes a clean seal so no beans or rice can escape.

Set the tube so it is vertical with the closed side facing down. Insert as many or as few beans or rice as you want. If you insert more beans or rice, it will result in a louder rainmaker; if you insert fewer, it will result in a quieter one.

Glue the second cardboard circle onto the other end of the rainmaker. Let the glue dry and make sure it is sealed just like the first end.

Turn the rainmaker upside down repeatedly in order to "play" it. You can also shake it like maracas to create different timbres.

Warning

Young children should not handle dried beans because they are a choking hazard.

About the Author

Gregory Minton is a professional writer based in Philadelphia. He has written professionally since 2008, and he provides writing services for over a dozen clients on a freelance basis.