We had a discussion about what rain sticks are, where they originated and why they were made.
We had been donated a pile of long sturdy tubes. I used a small saw and cut them into lengths about 30-40 cm long. The children paper mached over one end, then added small pebbles before sealing the other end up.
The children created a rain forest design on paper. They transferred the design to the cardboard tube using black crayon and pastels or wax crayon. I sprayed them with a sealer so they could be handled.
I demonstrated how to twist two threads and fold them in half. They twist around one another. The children used these to decorated the sticks.
It would have been a bonus to add baffles inside the tubes to slow the pebbles down.