Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rhythm Bag Instrument #6

A Rainstick!

Rainsticks come in many different shapes and sizes. I have 3 different ones that are different in length, sound and weight. Many rainsticks are made from cactus. Nails, cactus spines or pegs are affixed to the insideof the rainstick, then pebbles, beans, seeds or other small items are added. When the rainsticks is gently tilted, the pebbles or other small items fall past the pegs and create a rushing sound like rain.

Rainsticks are a terrific instruments to use when you would like to work on objectives such as motor coordination, and motor control. The smaller the rainstick, the easier it is to control and to create a consistent "rain" sound. Longer rainsticks are heavier and harder to control, but can provide a longer "rain" sound with good control.


  1. I love how you tie the musical instrument into developing motor skills. Music is so important and such a foundation for academic development as well.

  2. Hi!
    I found your blog through MBC, and I just wanted to say I love it! We do music time at home and I look forward to incorporating some of your ideas. Thank you for sharing.