~ July Supplemental ~
Get kids into the summer spirit by making a summer
rain stick. This is a cool craft that uses a cardboard mailing tube
and uncooked beans to recreate the soothing sounds of a summer
What you'll need:
Mailing tube with removable lid
pink craft paint
blue craft paint
green craft paint
yellow craft paint
dish of water
½ inch) screws
glue gun and glue sticks
strips of pink ribbon, 18 inches long
strips of yellow ribbon, 18 inches long
strips of blue ribbon, 18 inches long
cups of hard beans (i.e. pinto beans)
How to make it:
(with craft paint) horizontal stripes all the way down the mailing
tube with a paintbrush. Make sure you rinse the brush well between
colors in the small water dish. Go in this color order: light blue
paint, pale pink paint, pale yellow paint.
the paint has dried, paint mint green vertical stripes on top of the
light blue stripes.
the green paint to dry.
a hammer, pound the first half inch of the screw into the mailing
tube. Do this with all 16 screws. Make them spiral around the tube,
about one and a half inches apart.
all of the screws are slightly pounded in, use the screwdriver and
finish screwing the screws into the tube.
Using the hot glue gun, go around
each of the screws to ensure that all of them stay in place.
Fill the tube with the three cups
Hot glue the strips of ribbon
into the lid of the mailing tube, going in this order: pink, yellow,
blue, pink, yellow, blue.
Hot glue the lid to the mailing
You can use whatever colors of paint and ribbons
that you want. Make different patterns with the paint and the
screws. Be creative!!! You can also use two empty paper towel rolls
for the tube and two plastic milk jug caps for your closures.