In "Love Will Guide Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
Show participants the rain stick you have made and invite them to make their own rain sticks. Demonstrate and help them:
1. Take a circle and, folding up the spokes, glue it to the bottom of the tube.
2. Scrunch two strips of foil into long, thin, snake-like shapes.
3. Twist each foil strip into a spring shape.
4. Insert the foil springs into the tube.
5. Pour dried beans into the tube until it is about 1/10 full.
6. Glue on the second paper circle to cover the top.
7. Decorate the tube with crayons, markers, and stickers.
Before they seal their rain sticks, invite the children to experiment to see how different amounts and different types of seeds and beans change the sound.
When everyone is finished, have participants sit in a circle with their rain sticks. Say, in your own words:
Today we will hear a story of one person's imagination of how the world started. The story doesn't answer any questions, but it may make you wonder. Do you wonder how we got here? Did we come from God? Or did we come here some other way? Maybe some of us came from ocean. Or maybe we came from the sky. Let's listen!
Invite participants, one at a time, to turn their rain sticks over once. As the rain sticks sound, one after the other, the sound of "rain" will grow louder and then fade.
Ask participants if they can hear the "rain" in their tubes. If your group is active, you may want to collect rain sticks before the beginning of the story so the noise is not disruptive.
Have a co-leader partner with any child who lacks the dexterity to make a rain stick on their own.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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