It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Good thing I like glitter!

Two little boys carefully drizzle pinches of silver glitter onto a looooong strip of clear packing tape, sticky side up. We’re making rain for our clouds!!

Predictably, they got a LOT of glitter on the tape. Even more predictably, they got a LOT MORE glitter onto the table.

THEN we discovered that long strips of packing tape can also be used to PICK UP the glitter!! An adult holds the ends of the strip and lays it lightly on the table. The children tap along the length of the strip, then the adult moves it and places it back down on the table. Repeat until the strip looks nice. Then do it again with another strip.

And again.

And again.

And again.

And soon enough, you will have a beeeeeeyoutiful rain shower, right there on your dining room wall!

If you have a nice, coordinated four-year-old around, you might even give her a small pot of beads, a longish thread and a real needle (imagine the PRIDE of being BIG ENOUGH to use a REAL NEEDLE!!!) and let her make raindrops of a different sort.

More rain on the weekend, and sunny skies for early next week. I think next week’s crafts will be about MUD.


April 9, 2010 - Posted by | crafts | , ,


  1. Beautiful.

    Thank you. A compliment on this is particularly meaningful, coming from you!

    Comment by jwg | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. hmmm, mud pies?

    It’s still too cold outside for mud pies, and, relaxed though I may be about house-keeping, we are NOT making them indoors. But I do have a package or two of chocolate pudding mix in the cupboard…

    Comment by Dana | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. chocolate pudding makes for great fingerpaint! (mud)

    Have you ever made rainsticks with the kids? Fill papertowel tubes with beans and close both ends for a simple version.

    We DO have chocolate pudding! Unmixed yet, but planned for next week… for a snack, actually, but you’ve given me another idea. I’ll show you next week!

    And no, I’ve never made them. There’s a Folklore Centre in this city that sells the real thing, but they’re a bit large for the tots. They also sell shorter, clear plastic ones so you can see the multi-coloured beads drizzle through, and I do have one of those. The sound isn’t as nice as the real ones, though.

    I like the idea of making our own. I never use paper towels, so I’d have to ask the parents to contribute the rolls, but what a good idea!We could experiment with different sounds: I have chick peas, black peans, pigeon peas, green lentils, rice… Oh, fun. 🙂

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. Your craftiness never ceases to amaze me. Those are awesome!

    And yeah, it’s a good thing you like glitter. 🙂

    Thank you!

    About the glitter. Floors are never 100% clean, anyway. Dustballs are with you always. So, really, given the choice between drab grey dust with a pouffe of dog-fluff, and drab grey dust and dog-fluff shot through with sunshine and sparkles… well, hey. Why not have a little pizazz in the dustpan? 😀

    Comment by Sheri | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  5. If you twist pipecleaners into coils and put them into the paper towel tube with the beans it will actually sound like the rain. There are more complicated ways with toothpicks or pins but they are painful. (Would you believe I get paid for teaching this stuff? If they realized how much fun it is they’s probably cut my salary.)

    Well, there you go. When I read Jill’s comment about making my own, I started thinking about how I’d replicate the thorns inside a real rain-stick, and I kept stumbling over the “but that would hurt” problem. Pipecleaner coils sound much kinder to my fingers! Do you shape them so the coils are the same diameter as the tube, or will smaller ones have the same effect? Do you secure them in place, or just drop them in there with the beans?

    Isn’t it nice to be paid to have fun?

    Comment by jwg | April 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Make the coils as tight as you can, and just drop 2 or 3 in lengthwise, depending on the diameter of the tube. If you make a bunch and use rice in some and beans in others you’ll get different sounds.

      Comment by jwg | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  6. I am putting this one in my file- mine were more like shakers than rain sticks, so the pipecleaner idea is great!

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | April 13, 2010 | Reply

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