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What is an African Rainstick

Learn about the African Rainstick and why it’s a great craft to make for young kids.

The African Rainstick is an iconic musical instrument that’s been used in schools for years and years. We have learned from it and recreated DIY versions of the rain stick in many different ways. You can even buy rain stick craft kits to make your own.

African Rainstick

History of the African Rainstick

Classroom states,

Rain sticks historically have been utilized by indigenous people living in dry, desert climates across the globe. Often employed in religious ceremonies, the purpose is to draw life-sustaining hydration from the heavens.”

The early rain sticks were constructed from dried cactus tubes or bamboo tubes that were hollowed out with thorns or such on the inside and filled with pebbles or beans. They were then sealed on both ends so when the rain stick is turned on its end and rotated, it makes a sound similar to rain.

The purpose of the African rainstick many years ago was the idea that the sound would summon rain. During days of drought, many believed that using the rainstick would help bring rain.

It’s not fully known where the original African rainstick came from, but some scholars think it came from a group of people called the Diaguita from northern Chile.

Rainstick crafts for kids

Making a mimic African rainstick is a great idea not only because you get to create a fun craft, but also because it teaches children a little about history and how to make their own instrument.

DIY rainstick

When creating your own rainstick, it’s a great idea to use household supplies because it teaches little ones to be resourceful and creative. Not everything has to be store bought. You can see a simple DIY rainstick craft from a paper towel tube here.

DIY rainstick craft

That being said, if you do prefer to purchase a craft kit to make a DIY rain stick, we’ve got you covered with a handful of great rainstick craft kits.

best rainstick craft kits

African Rainsticks on Amazon

If you are looking to purchase a mimic African rainstick, Amazon has a lot of different choices.

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Authentic Rainstick's on Amazon

See a few authentic rainstick's on Amazon that mimic real life African Rainstick's.

I hope you’ve learned a bit about the African Rainstick, how to make your own Rainstick instrument and where to buy one similar.

Until next time, happy crafting!