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Rainstick - 80cm, bamboo, painted


The ‘Rainstick - 80cm, bamboo, painted’ is a long version of the classic South American instrument. Easy to play, easy on the eye, easy on the ear and affordable too.


The Rainstick is made from a length of bamboo and is pierced through with an evenly spaced spiral of bamboo pegs. These pegs cause the enclosed pieces of stone to fall more slowly when the Rainstick is turned upside down. The longer the Rainstick, the longer the ‘rain’ shower that results.


This one is 80cm (32 inches) long and is the second biggest Rainstick that we offer.


We have included shorter Rainsticks in our ‘Lots of Littles Kit - 60 instruments’ and ‘Big Stuff Kit - 14 instruments’ collections.


N.B. For SEN settings: Please put a note with your order to indicate that it is needed for an SEN setting, so that we know to include the relevant materials.


How it's Played

To play as a Shaker hold in one or both hands and rock back and forth. To play as a Rainstick hold in both hands and slowly tip the Rainstick upside down. The slower you do the tipping, the longer the ‘rain’ will last. Try rotating the Rainstick as you tip it as this can help to dislodge extra bits of ‘rain’.


How do you stop a Rainstick from raining once you have tipped it? Just put it to the horizontal position. Complete control.


If you’re using this product in an Early Years setting, please follow these Good Practice Guidelines.


Good Practice Guide


Early Years Musical Instruments & Music Kits


Please always remember that ‘Sound Children’ and ‘Drums for Schools’ Early Years products are musical instruments and NOT toys and should be used with young children only under the close supervision of responsible educationalists and carers. By following these simple guidelines you will ensure the children’s learning, development and enjoyment of playing music, as well as their safety.


    1. Bring the instruments out just for music sessions, and put them away afterwards (the children will love to help!). This keeps the instruments ‘special’ and it avoids any risk of them being damaged in the course of unsupervised play, without your realising it.


    1. Make sure your music sessions take place on a soft surface, whether inside or out.


    1. By your own example encourage the children to treat the little instruments as we treat full size orchestral instruments - with sensitivity, gentleness and care.


    1. Never allow children to play with any instrument unless closely supervised and don’t let any child suck or bite any part of any instrument.


    1. Don’t let a child of any age play any musical instrument aggressively, especially close the ear, as we must take care to avoid any risk to their hearing.


    1. After each music session, wipe down the instruments with a damp cloth if they’re grubby (fine to use a mild disinfectant solution) and check for any loose parts (tug on any strings) or cracks. If in any doubt, remove a damaged instrument from use and contact us for further advice (sending us a photo is a good start).


Click here to download the Good Practice Guide


Any questions? Email care@drumsforschools.co.uk

How to Look After It

A Rainstick is a long, hollow tube, partially filled with small pebbles, beads or beans, and has small pins or thorns arranged in a helix pattern on its inside surface. When the stick is upended, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, making a sound like rain falling.


The Rainstick is believed to have been invented in Chile or Peru, and was played in the belief that it could bring about rainstorms. It is also said that the Rainstick was introduced in Mexican music in the 1960s. Rainsticks are often made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried in the sun. The spines are removed and then driven into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the Rainstick, and the two ends are then sealed.


Rainsticks may be made with other common materials, such as paper towel rolls instead of cactus, and nails or toothpicks instead of thorns. Our Rainsticks are made from safer, eco-friendly bamboo.

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