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The original rainsticks are believed to have come from a group of indigenous people, the Diaguita, from the deserts of northern Chile. Theirs were made from cactus tubes and spines, but you'll probably want to use cardboard tubes, aluminum foil, and other items you have at home. 

Sound is a type of energy made by vibrations. When an object vibrates, it causes movement in the air particles that produces sound waves. 

  • Based on what you know about how sound travels, do you think there is sound in space? 

  • Will using different sizes of rice, beans, seeds, or pebbles affect the sounds produced?

  • Use your imagination and creativity to turn your rain stick into a work of art!

Instructional Video from PBS Kids