Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Make a noisy rainmaker! Because you need more noise in your life.

You will need:
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 inch wide mailing tube, with stoppers
  • Nails that match the width of your mailing tube (we used 32)
  • Duct tape or contact paper
  • Dried seeds, beans or rice (about 1 cup)
  • Yarn and feathers (optional)

Good idea.

How to:
  1. Hammer nails in random spots all over mailing tube.
  2. Place stopper at one end of tube.
  3. Fill tube with dried beans.
  4. Place another stopper at other end of tube.
  5. Wrap entire tube with duct tape or contact paper. (This covers up the nail heads.)
  6. Decorate one end with yarn and feathers.

More tool madness! Nothing says craptastic quite like handing a three year a hammer while you try to hold a nail in place. This was a very simple project and a lot of fun. I tried to incorporate some learning in this one and had different types of dried beans and seeds set out in different bowls so we could hear the different sounds each one made. Our verdict: although I thought rice made the prettiest sound, it fell through the tube entirely too fast for Elliott's taste. He decided a mixture of all the beans, popcorn and rice sounded the most pleasing.

I braided three pieces of yarn and tied a feather to each string and tied it around the top of the stick. It's an optional step, but added that Applebee's flair to the rainmaker.

Elliott's Evaluation:
You can tilt it and tilt it and tilt it and it will rain. You can see the beans in it when you pour them in. I love my mommy.

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