Rainbow Rain Stick Craft

rainbow rain stick craft

Make a rainbow rain stick using recycled materials and items around the house! This is a great musical instrument for young children that sounds just like rain!

rainbow rain stick craftAs we explored rainbows the last couple of weeks Livia started to grasp the concepts on how water and sun interact. Although she is not quite there yet, she is definitely getting the basics. When we sat down to do our craft for the afternoon she decided she wanted to make rainbow rain. As she watched me start to pull out the stuff to see if we could replicate a rainbow she went into full blown melt down. I had completely misunderstood. After talking it out and calming her down she was finally able to get it across to me that she wanted it for her band…Needless to say, this turned out awesome, has held up great, and the kiddos have absolutely loved it.

How To Make a Rainbow Rain Stick:

rainbow rain stick craft
Items Needed:

  • Paint
  • Paper Roll
  • Paint Brushes
  • Rice
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
  • Gold (paint or glitter)

rainbow rain stick craft

Let your kids decorate the cardboard tube however they want. I used this as a chance to talk to about ROYGBIV, but really as long as your child is creating let them do whatever inspires them!

rainbow rain stick craft
While the paint dries cover your sheet of construction paper with gold. Set this aside to also dry.

rainbow rain stick craft
Once both are dry use the tube to trace out two circles (one for each end). You want them to be a bit bigger than the actual hole so that you have room to fold over and glue down on the sides.

rainbow rain stick craft

When we went to glue ours down it was a little bit on the tight end. If yours is don’t worry. As long as it can reach over the ends you can make it work.

rainbow rain stick craft

To strengthen and seal the construction paper we added a dab of glue and then used a wet paint brush to make sure every edge was sealed down tight.

rainbow rain stick craft
And then because our edges were not long enough to hold a solid seal, we grabbed a strip of ribbon and glued it around the top to hold down all the edges.

After all the glue has dried flip over, fill with about 1/4 cup of dry rice, and repeat step to cover the hole. If you want your rain stick to have more of a falling sound instead of a rushing sound some things you can do are add nails (small) or flat push pins through the tube and then wrap and seal the tube with a paper before decorating. This will require a thicker tube than an average paper roll. 

Rainbow Rain Maker
Make a rainbow rain stick using recycled materials and items around the house! This is a great musical instrument for young children that sounds just like rain!
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Total Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. Paint
  2. Paint Brushes
  3. Paper Roll
  4. Glue
  5. Construction Paper
  6. Ribbon
  7. Rice
  8. Gold (paint or glitter)
  1. Paint your paper roll and allow to dry.
  2. Cover your construction paper with gold and allow to dry.
  3. Once dried place the paper roll on the back side of the construction paper and trace out circles that are slightly larger than the tube.
  4. Cut out the circles and glue on to one side of the tube covering the hole.
  5. Use glue and water to seal the construction paper and make sure it is tightly around the edges.
  6. Strengthen the hold of the edges by adding a strip of ribbon around the top.
  7. Allow to dry, flip over and add about 1/4 cup of rice.
  8. Repeat steps to cover the hole.
  9. Allow to dry and Play!
Craft Items Provided by Oriental Trading
Adapted from Oriental Trading
Adapted from Oriental Trading
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