A rainmaker instrument is a great way to introduce little ones to music. But they can be loud! So why not make a DIY rain stick for babies instead? This fun sensory bottle makes a gentle, lovely sound when it’s rolled. And it’s free and easy to make!
This blog post will tell you everything you need to know, so you can make one for your little one at home. Including a list of resources. Step by step instructions and baby play ideas.
What Are Rain Sticks Used For?
Rainsticks were originally created by Chilean tribes. They used them to try to bring the rain.
This musical instrument, is now a soothing noise maker that children of all ages enjoy playing with.
How Do You Make a Simple Rain Stick?
There are a few different ways to create your own homemade rainmaker instrument. We’ve seen some tutorials that use nails. And other rain stick crafts that use tin foil and paper towel rolls. But both of these ways aren’t safe for babies to play with. The nails could poke through and the small dried beans can easily escape from a cardboard tube.
So we created a rain stick that uses a plastic bottle instead. And it’s without nails!
What Do You Put Inside a Rain Stick?
You can put different types of dried beans, chickpeas and/or rice and plastic straws inside a DIY rain stick for babies. They’re small in size so they’ll make the sound of the rain when put together.
Instructions For Making a DIY Rain Stick For Babies
First collect all of the resources you need – a plastic bottle, plastic straws, uncooked rice, dried beans.
Then remove any labels from the outside of your bottle. Wash it in hot, soapy water and let it dry.
Next, cut your straws into smaller pieces and add them to the bottle. Try cutting them into quarters or smaller!
Now, fill half of the bottle with rice. Add in dried beans if you have any.
Finally, screw on the lid as tight as you can. You can use a hot glue gun to make it extra secure if you like.
Once you’ve made your DIY rain stick for babies, it’s time to play! Here are some fun activities and ideas on how you can use it with your little one.
Play Ideas Using Your Homemade Rainmaker Instrument
A rainmaker sensory bottle will distract your baby during tummy time. The interesting items inside the bottle and the different sounds will encourage them to move towards it. Here are some of the ways you can use it.
- Place the bottle in front of them and encourage them to knock it over. This will help teach them cause and effect.
- Lay the bottle on its side and encourage them to reach for it, push and roll it.
- Lay next to your baby and roll the rainstick backwards and forwards. This will help them hear the rain sounds. And will develop their visual tracking skills too.
You can also…
Add your DIY rain stick for babies to a homemade treasure basket. It’s a great, noisy addition your baby will love to explore alongside everyday items.
Let your baby play with their noise maker in the garden. Being outdoors will add some variety to your day. And all the fresh air will help them sleep better! Just remember to take a blanket for them to lay or sit on.
Play a game of peek a boo with your musical instrument. Hold it so that your baby can see it. Then put it behind your back and ask them where it’s gone. If your baby starts looking for it, you’ll know they’re starting to understand object permanence. This is an important developmental milestone for 9 month olds.
Play some music and tap your rain stick to the rhythm of the beat.
A DIY rain stick for babies is an easy, sensory toy that will help your infant’s development.
It’ll teach them cause and effect. Improve their visual tracking skills. And it’ll help them spend more time on their front during tummy time. Which will help to strengthen the muscles needed for crawling and walking.
Looking For Other Baby Activities?
Check out our other sensory bottle ideas!
Or take a look at our Pinterest boards.