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Hello and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday… a place where we share all things related to motherhood. I hope you had a Happy Easter yesterday! Today I’m going to share an on-the-fly, child-lead teaching moment I had with my daughter.
The other day we had some unexpected cloudy, rainy weather here in sunny Arizona. It was so beautiful and so peaceful outside and my daughter was very interested in the rain, asking lots of questions. I took the opportunity to teach her a bit about rain and where it comes from. Then we rounded up materials we already had on hand and made a DIY Rain Stick together.
We read this storybook about rain and we also used the Internet to look up more interesting facts about rain… which is how we stumbled upon rain sticks. We learned that the Native American culture uses the rain stick as a tool to bring rain during drought seasons, so we plan to use this rain stick OFTEN in hopes that it rains a bit more here in Arizona :) My daughter was interested in this activity and actively engaged in the learning the entire time…because I took something she was interested in and turned it into a teaching moment.
Would you like to make one with your kids? I bet you have most all the materials you need on hand already!
You will need:
- 1/4 cup of uncooked rice
- 20 inches of aluminum foil
- 2 small pieces of parchment or wax paper
- duct tape
- dowel or skewer
- Scott Towels roll
Let’s make a DIY Rain Stick, shall we?
First, roll the aluminum foil up long ways, then wrap it around the dowel or skewer to make a spiral/coil. Next, use duct tape and wax/parchment paper to tape one end of your Scott Towels roll closed. Remove the dowel/skewer from your aluminum foil coil and insert the coil into the roll. Carefully pour the uncooked rice into the roll and seal up the other side with more wax/parchment paper and duct tape. Continue to cover the Scott Towels roll in duct tape. And DONE! You have yourself a DIY Rain Stick.
As I said, I had all of my materials on hand to make our DIY Rain Stick. Lucky for me, I just shopped at Kmart and stocked up on Scott Tissue products. Scott Towels clean up my everyday big and small messes PLUS I can recycle the rolls to make fun crafts with my daughter.
Check out Kmart’s Shop Your Way rewards for great coupon offers on SCOTT® products this week! Coupons are treasures in this house. You know what I’m saying, right moms? I was able to stock up on Scott toilet paper, towels, and wipes all for $10 ($15 + $5 coupon) at Kmart. I’ll go ahead and say you’re welcome. ;)
A kid-friendly craft and coupon offers… I’d say that’s a good Mommy Tell All Monday, wouldn’t you?