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Rain Shaker Instruments, D & T, Music


You could read, learn and join in with rhymes, poems and songs on the theme of rain.  Use percussion instruments that can make rain sounds.  You could make your own 'rainstick' from junk.  


The rainstick is believed to have been invented by the Mapuches of Chili & Argentina and was played in the belief it could bring about rainstorms. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried in the sun. The spines are removed, then driven into the cactus like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position. - from Wikipedia


There are several ways you can make your own, using either bottles or kitchen/toilet rolls. 

  • Close off 1 end of the roll with paper.
  • Glue, or hold in place with celotape or an eleastic band.
  • Pour in tooth picks or pasta until almost full.
  • Add fine grains or seeds like rice to trickle through.
  • Close the other end of the tube, or put the lid on the bottle.
  • Decorate your instrument.


To make a maraca, put in some seeds (corn, rice, lentils...), pasta, small pebbles or even small lego pieces.  As well as bottles & tubes you could use yoghurt pots.

Weather in the Arts

Photographic Art:


The Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde creates clouds inside, then photographs them before they disappear!

How do you think he makes them? What type of clouds are they?  What materials could you use to make a cloud?


Watch this BBC snip to find out how he does it: 


You could use bundles of bubble wrap, tissue from shoe boxes, ribbon, plastic sheeting or bags (don't forget never to put plastic near your face), old sheets, cotton wool... Could you hang your cloud from a curtain pole, the ceiling, or the landing?  Take a photo before you dismantle it.



Google 'weather paintings' and look in 'images'.  Talk about the different paintings that come up.  What weather do they show? What colours have the artists used? Why?  Which do you like and not like? Can you explain why?  Can you see how they put on the paint? 


Many artists have captured the same scenes in different weathers or seasons.  Most famously Claude Monet loved to capture hay stacks at different times of day, as well as seasons.


Have a go at creating your own image on paper, with crayons, felts, paints or all of these.  If you have a painting app, have a go at creating one on your device, like Davis Hockney on his ipad!