The weather has been pretty unpredictable these past few days: warm and sunny, cold and rainy, and even some large fluffy snowflakes (sometimes all in one day!) M doesn’t seem to mind though. No matter what the weather is, he’s just happy to be outside!
On one such rainy morning, I decided it was a good time to recycle those paper-towel tubes I had been saving and transform them into rainsticks. We experimented by making two different types of rainsticks to produce different sounds: one with pieces of accordion-folded card stock, and the other using popsicle sticks.
- cardboard tube (I used paper towel tubes but wrapping paper tubes would work even better!)
- pieces of card stock cut into long strips, or popsicle sticks (I’ve made them with toothpicks before too, but you need a lot of them and you have to make sure to snip off all of the pointy ends when you are finished)
- rice, popcorn kernels, macaroni noodles (anything you have that is small and light to reproduce the relaxing, trickling sound of rain)
- stapler (I used staples to hold the card-stock in place, but tape would work too)
- aluminium foil
- masking tape or packing tape
- stuff to decorate your rainstick with (we just wrapped ours in pieces of painted paper that M made when we tried out our homemade watercolour paints; but you could also use feathers, markers, beads, stickers, etc.)
When we were finished pushing the popsicle sticks through, I encircled the tube with packing tape to secure them in place and to pad the pointy edges (I forgot to take a picture of this step… oops!)
Another fun, rainy-day experiment to try is making your own lava lamp! Click here to see how to make them.
U is for Umbrella!
I started this activity by first verbally labelling each of the pictures that start with the letter U, with M. Then I had M go through them on his own by first exaggerating the /u/ sound and then saying the name of each picture:
Then, using a bingo dabber, M put a dot on all of the sight words that start with the letter U:
When he had finished practising the letter U sound, I had M trace over the U, which I had cut out from a piece of card stock, a few times with his finger before decorating it with shiny, puffy umbrella stickers:
And that’s how I kept my bugs busy (and dry) these past couple of wet, chilly days!