Chances are that you have probably made an oatmeal container drum or two in your life. While there is nothing wrong with oatmeal container drums and they certainly have their function and place with children, you may be looking for a more creative type of musical instrument craft. Not to fear, in this article you will be able to read about some musical instrument crafts that you will not typically see made. You can use this to your advantage by introducing your kids to these crafts and provide them with more information regarding the specific instrument that you are trying to replicate.
A rain maker is a musical instrument that when “played” sounds like rainfall. To make this instrument you will need a long tube. This tube can be a cardboard wrapping paper tube or a spare piece of pipe (so long as it is clean and free from sharp edges). Working with a paper tube may be simpler as there will need to be a way of inserting toothpicks into the tube later in the craft. Once you have found your tube and decorated it to your liking, seal off one of the ends of the tube. You will want to make sure that this seal is tight as failure to do so could result in a big mess. Through the open end of the tube, pour in about a cup of rice. Next, randomly poke toothpicks into the tube (it is fine if they protrude out the other side of the tube. You may want to cut off the exposed part of the toothpick and cover and sharp pieces with tape. To play the rainmaker, slowly rotate the tube from being right side up to being right side down. As you rotate the tube, the grains of rice will fall, hit the toothpicks and make a sound similar to rainfall.