Can You Hear The Rain? {Sensory Kids Craft}

The weather man was wrong again. (I am starting to wonder when he may be right) Last I had checked we had a forecast showing an entire week of rain and there has been nothing. Not a drop of water, just warm heat and sunshine. However I am not going to complain about the warmth since just last week we had snow, but I was a little disappointed because I had planned a fun sensory craft for the kids to make to go along with the spring showers and my plan was washed out. (tee-hee. . sorry, I couldn’t help myself) 
We decided to make our craft anyways since it does go along with spring, which we are finally experiencing here in Michigan. Well, sort of. I think we went from winter to summer and skipped spring all together. Its been a weird year for weather, don’t ya think? Either way, the kids thought it was a pretty cool craft and even found a way to turn the rain makers into weapons to hit each other with after they were bored with listening to the rain sounds. 🙂 Aye, kids. . 
This craft is super easy and super inexpensive to make, but is really quite amazing. We loved using it as a rainmaker stick to simulate the sound of rain as it hits our roof. It is a learned skill for little ones to be able to listen. Hearing comes naturally, listening must be taught. 
To make this craft, you will need: 
– A recycled tube from a roll of paper towel
– 2 cupcake liners
– About 2 foot of aluminum foil
– 1/2 cup uncooked rice
– Tape
– Begin by scrunching up the aluminum foil to look like a snake. Not too tight though. This is what will be used to catch the rice and create the long rain effect sound. 
– Push the scrunched aluminum foil into the recycled paper towel tube so it fits completely inside. You should be able to see openings when looking through the tube. Do not completely block the tube.
– Place one cupcake liner at one end of the tube, cover the opening and tape into place. 
– Pour your rice into the open end of the tube. 
– Cover the open side of the tube with a cupcake liner and tape into place. 
That’s it. Now you can decorate the outside of the rainmaker and make it your own masterpiece. As you tip the tube back and forth in your hands the rice will fall and create a layered rain sound effect. What a great time we had tonight making this craft as a family. What do you like to do as a family in the evenings? Let us know by leaving a comment. Thanks for sharing!
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<3 Dick and Jane
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Create a Hair Accessory Holder {Repurpose} #TBCcrafters

Each morning in my house is a huge scramble to get ready.
 “Come here Jane, I need to do your hair”.
“Jane, where did all of your hair bows go”?
Jane just shrugs her shoulders.
This is the missing bow mystery that we face on a daily basis in our home.  Poor mom spend tons of money buying adorable hand crafted hair bows for Jane to wear just to have them disappear two days later. This mystery may be solved if we could just find the little goblin that steals things in our house. I’ll bet that goblin who is wearing all of our socks has a pretty cute hairstyle. . all done up in beautiful bows.

Since I just cannot seem to find that dear little goblin, I will have to take a different approach. Today, I am going to help prevent this mystery and create a new, safe home for Jane’s hair bows. This way we will always know where to look for them. It a pretty easy little project and did not cost me more than $10 to make.

What did I use?
– Spray Paint
– Empty Oatmeal Container
– Fat Quarter of Fabric
– Old Plate (or a cheap one from the dollar store)
– Candle holder for a base
– Glue (I used hot glue and modge podge)
How did I make it?
1. I Began by covering a empty oatmeal container in modge podge glue and carefully rolled my fabric around the container. Smooth out any creases or bubbles along the way.
2. Using modge podge again, I folded in the fabric under on each end. One side will fold into the container and the other side can tuck the fabric up underneath the bottom. Allow to dry.
3. Using spray paint, I coated the plate and candle holder until completely covered. I allowed it to dry. 
4. Once everything has dried, I glued my candle holder to the bottom of the plate using hot glue (or any type of glass glue). Second, I glued the covered oatmeal container to the top of the plate.
5. I also added fabric to the top of the oatmeal container top using modge podge. To do this I simply cut a circle out of fabric and press inside the lid.
That’s it. It looks adorable and keeps everything neatly in place!
Thanks for joining us for Thrifty Thursday!
<3 Dick and Jane