MoMM@Home: Make & Play with Studio ACE

Air Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020 @ 2:00 PM (Pacific)


The Museum and Studio ACE present another fun Make & Play activity! Make your own musical instrument and learn how to play it at home!  

Here are the instructions that will be covered in this episode

Here you get to build a slightly less traditional rainstick of your own! This one is made from a cardboard tube and aluminum foil.

What you need:

  • A long cardboard tube (paper towel or wrapping paper tube). About a two-inch diameter is best.
  • Aluminum foil
  • Small dried lentils, unpopped popcorn, dry rice, or tiny pasta.
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers or paint
  • Yarn (optional)

What you do:

  1. Trace around the end of your tube onto a piece of brown paper (or construction paper).
  2. Draw a circle that is two times bigger than your first circle (around that first circle) and then draw four or so spokes between the two circles.
  3. Cut along the spokes.
  4. Tape the spokes onto one end of your tube.
  5. Cut a few pieces of aluminum foil that are about one and half times the length of your tube and about 6 inches wide.
  6. Crunch the aluminum foil pieces into long, thin, snake-like shapes. Then twist each one into a spring shape.
  7. Put the aluminum foil springs into your tube.
  8. Pour some dry beans, dry rice, or unpopped popcorn into your tube. The tube should only be about1/10 full. You can experiment to see how different amounts and different types of seeds and beans change the sound.
  9. Make another cap from brown paper (the same as the first three steps) and cap your tube.
  10. Optional: Decorate the rainstick by first coloring or painting brown paper or construction paper to match the size of the tube. See examples below. You can also add yarn or stickers.