This DIY rainstick musical sensory bottle has quickly become one of my favorites. Who am I kidding? They are all my favorites!
This see-through rainstick is super easy to make. You probably have everything you need lying around the house and backyard. It is made using naturally sourced items and a water bottle from the recycle bin!
Discovery bottles like this can be used in many ways. They can be used to help children learn to self-regulate, for no mess safe sensory play, and to help children (and adults) calm down and unwind.
For more information about sensory bottles and their uses check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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DIY Rainstick Musical Sensory Bottle
This DIY rainstick musical sensory bottle stimulates both the auditory and visual sensory systems. Tipping it from top to bottom causes the rice to bounce off of the sticks and fall to the bottom. Kids love to watch the rice and listen to the gentle pitter-patter of rain.
To make this sensory bottle you will need to first need to go on a nature hunt for some sticks and twigs.
DIY Rainstick Musical Sensory Bottle Materials
- Voss Water Bottle (These are our favorite bottles to use)
- Goo Gone
- Sticks and twigs
- Gorilla Super Glue
DIY Rainstick Musical Sensory Bottle Directions
I like to have my daughter help me make our sensory bottles out on our DIY Outdoor Art Table & Mud Kitchen. Most of the time I can add in some home school lessons. See the directions below for more information.
1. Peel off sticker. Use Goo Gone to remove sticky residue.
2. Grab a Voss water bottle from the recycle bin.
3. Fill the bottle with sticks and twigs. Have your kids work on their fine motor skills by getting them a bit tangled up and going in different directions rather than all sticking straight into the bottle. This will create more surface area for the rice to bounce off of to produce sound. (Feel free to add in a science lesson about sound and gravity if you are making these with your kids.)
5. Add 5 – 10 teaspoons of rice. (Have your kids do it for fine motor scoop and transfer practice.)
6. Place the lid on the bottle and tip it from top to bottom to hear the gentle pitter-patter of rain.
Play with this DIY rainstick sensory bottle for a day or two to make sure you like it. You may find that you want more or less rice, or more or less sticks inside of it. When you are happy with it, glue on the lid and hand it over to your kids.
This calm-down bottle is a musical instrument that is fun to watch and listen to. It makes the sound of pitter-patting rain when tipped from top to bottom.
To learn more about sensory bottles, their uses, how to make them, and troubleshooting tips check out Calm Down Sensory Bottles 101.
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