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RE: rainsticks

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Geri Iannaconi (Moms_taxi)
Wed, 12 Feb 97 04:23:39 UT

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I'm the Arts in Education Chairman of the New Jersey Parent Teacher
Association. I periodically follow this newsgroup, not everything applies to
me since I'm not a teacher but a parent and an arts advocate, but the
information I see from everyone is great.

Thanks to all of you who posted the information on the rainsticks. You've all
just solved my problem of the Hands On workshop I can do at the NJ PTA
Convention in December. This year I used Crayola's Dreammakers to show the
importance of the arts and how all areas of school curriculum and life is
touch by the arts. This year I wanted to do a music hands on workshop,
rainsticks are a great idea. I'm going to partner this hands on with a
cultural enrichment showcase on african music.

If anyone has a recommendation for another hands on using a different arts
discipline please let me know.

Geri Iannaconi
Arts in education Chairman

From: owner-artsednet on behalf of John R. Tate
Sent: Thursday, February 06, 1997 10:02 PM
To: Lisa; All
Subject: Re: rainsticks

>Does anyone have directions on how to make a rainstick?
>-Lisa Schaa
Yes! We did them last summer in our summer enrichment program.
For each one you need:
a) One mailing tube from an office supply store. The small ones sound the
best and are cheaper.
b) About forty to fifty small craft sticks.
c) About a cup of mixed dry beans.
d) Tempera Paint to decorate. Beans too!
Hardest order for these to really work, you should cut the
holes for the popsicle sticks in sort of a spiral staicase going from
about an inch below the top to an inch above the bottom. This creates the
rain sound when the beans move up or down. We separated the sticks by
about this much...


____ Of course you have to cut the holes fairly straight
and opposite each other on both sides of the tubes. I found that if I
made the marks where to cut, my students from about tird grade and up had
no problem making the holes with sharp pointed scissors.
The little ones had trouble piercing the tube.
Good luck. Questions? Get back to me.

R. Tate
Brien McMahon High School
Norwalk, CT.

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