A see-through rainstick is super easy for kids or adults to make. An upcycled and naturally sourced DIY rainstick musical sensory bottle can help children learn self-regulation skills. It makes the sound of rain when tipped from top to bottom. Learn how to make a rainstick musical sensory bottle today!
This DIY rainstick musical sensory bottle has quickly become one of our family’s all-time favorite sensory bottles.
Discovery bottles like this see-through rainstick 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.
See-Through Rainstick Musical Sensory Bottle
This see-through 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.
Speaking of the sound of rain, one of our favorite rainy day rain songs is “It’s Raining Outside” by Nancy Kopman. Click on THIS link to see the video, and THIS link to purchase and download the song.
For more awesome kids music check out Kids’ Music That Won’t Drive You Nuts!
DIY Rainstick Supplies
You probably have everything you need to make a see-through rainstick at home and in your backyard. All you need is some rice, a few sticks, and a bottle from your recycle bin!
- Voss water bottle (Any bottle from the recycle bin that you can fit sticks into will work.)
- Goo Gone
- Sticks and twigs
- Super Glue
Related: Recycled DIY Chalk Paint
How to Make a Rainstick
To make this sensory bottle you will need to first need to go on a nature hunt for some sticks and twigs.
I like to have my daughter help me make our sensory bottles out on our DIY Outdoor Art Table & Mud Kitchen.
When my daughter and I make sensory bottles together, I like to add in some homeschool lessons to make it into an educational activity. See the directions below for more information.
1. Peel off sticker. Use Goo Gone to remove sticky residue.
2. Grab a 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 add rice to their DIY sensory bottle to practice scooping and transferring. Scooping and transferring rice from a bag or jar into a bottle is a fantastic hand-eye coordination activity for kids.
6. Place the lid on your rainstick and slowly tip your musical sensory bottle from top to bottom to hear the gentle pitter-patter of rain.
Related: DIY Geometric Puzzle Toy for Kids
DIY Rainstick Tips
Play with your 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.
Once you are happy with the way your see-through rainstick looks and sounds, glue on the lid and hand it over to your kids to play with.
A DIY rainstick calm-down bottle is a musical instrument that is fun to watch and listen to… It makes the gentle sound of pitter-patting rain when tipped slowly 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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