What you need:
40-50 wooden toothpicks
1-2 tbsp. of rice, lentils, or other small beans
Hot glue gun
Nippers or cutters to cut off the toothpick ends
When the glue dries, snip off the ends of the toothpicks (be careful, they could go flying). Run a bead of hot glue around one of the ends and fold down the flaps you cut on one of the posterboard circles until the end of the tube is capped.
I practically had to beg my son to decorate his rainstick. All he wanted to do was play with it!
After we were done with this craft we read two great books about rainforests: “Amazon River Rescue,” an Adventures of Riley book by Amanda Lumry and Bonnie Worth’s “If I Ran the Rainforest” from the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.
To read the original directions for this activity, visit FreeKidsCrafts.com.