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Rainstick Wood Block - Early Years


The ‘Rainstick Wood Block - Early Years’ is a great instrument because it is actually three instruments in one - a magical Rainstick, a Shaker and, when played against a second block, it is also a very sharp sounding Clapstick. Brilliant!


The designs on this instrument were created by Balinese Primary school children. We have included two of these in our ‘Lots of Littles Kit - 60 instruments’ collection.


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 the ‘Rainstick Wood Block - Early Years’ as a Shaker, hold in one or both hands and rock it back and forth. To play as a Rainstick hold in both hands and slowly tip upside down. The slower you do the tipping, the longer the ‘rain’ will last. To play as Clapsticks take one block in each hand and smartly clap them together, being very careful where you put your fingers!


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

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