Cold weather has arrived in many areas which means children will not be outside playing as much and this means they will be bored and looking for fun things to do. If you’re tired of them playing video games or being in front of the television then it’s time to think of some exciting crafts that they can make with or without your help.
My children love craft time, they love being able to make something important or fun with their hands. As a mom I love that they are learning as they are having fun. Crafts are a perfect time to teach a lesson in a fun way, so why don’t you start with teaching them about the Native Americans. Begin with the rainstick which is a musical instrument made from dried cactus stems or bamboo stems. The Native Americans used rain sticks to entice rain gods into bringing rain. The rainstick is supposed to mimic the sound of falling rain.
Of course we won’t be using cactus or bamboo to make our rainsticks but it’s important that the children understand where they come from and how they were used.
There are several online resources for instructions on how to make a rainstick however I have chosen one that is very simple for children to make which is located at theEnchanted Learning website.
To get started grab the materials needed which would be:
A paper towel tube or the cardboard tube from wrapping paper
Small dried beans
Unpopped popcorn, Dry rice or pasta
Brown construction paper
Crayons or markers
First trace around your tube onto the construction paper, about an inch away from the circle on your brown construction paper draw a bigger circle around the little circle (leaving an inch or so between the two). Draw lines like the spokes of a bicycle between the two circles. (this should connect the small circle to the large circle). Cut along each line of the “spokes.” Now you should have something that looks like the sun with thick rays. Complete this step twice.
What you have made are two caps for your tube. Place glue on the spoke parts then place it at the end of your cardboard tube and stick the spokes to the side of the tube shutting off the end.
Cut a strip of aluminum foil about one and a half times longer then the cardboard tube and six inches thick. Crunch the foil into two long thin shapes (like a snake) and place them inside the tube.
Fill the tube a little with the rice or pasta whichever you chose to use. Different amounts used and different items used should make a different sound.
Glue your last cap on the other end of your cardboard tube.
Color the rainstick to make it more appealing and have some fun with it!
Again this is a simple rainstick craft, for instructions on a more detailed and useable rainstick visit Yourwildchild.com.