Gallery 1 

Longfellow School

Oak Park, Illinois 
Purple Rain

by Leslie P.

I made my instrument by taking a cardboard tube and poking metal skewers through it. Then I cut the excess off the ends of the skewers.

Then I hot-glued the cap to one of the ends of the tube. I poured beans into the tube and glued the other cap to the other end of the tube.

Then I painted it and glittered it.

My instrument makes a very loud sound because of the beans, which are heavy. The sound lasts a long time because of the skewers which slow down the beans as they pass from one end to the other.

The worst part about making my instrument was that I cut my finger with my scissors and got blood on my rain stick. (But, the paint covers the blood.)