Paper Towel Tube Rain Sticks


Paper towel tubes
Non-toxic paint
Old wrapping paper
Handful of beans or rice
Two rubber bands


Paper towel tubes can be used for a variety of crafts. To make rain sticks paint the outside of the tube with bright colors and design. Poke toothpicks through the middle of the tube to make a star pattern. An adult can help with placing the toothpicks, since you want to leave enough room between the toothpicks so that beans and rice can fall through. Next, place wrapping paper around the end of the tube, covering the opening. Keep the wrapping paper in place with a rubber band. Throw a handful of rice or beans in to the tube and cover the other end with wrapping paper, keeping it in place with the rubber band. As you turn the tube over, the rice or beans will fall through making a pleasing rain sound.


Kids love craft time and using recycled materials is not only eco-friendly but will get your child to stretch their creative muscles too. Use these three crafts as a jumping off point to open their imagination to what they can make using every day household items.


Written by Susie Contreras

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