April showers bring May flowers—we all know that. But what brings the showers? Students at The New Century School do!
Last month, TNCS students in Maria Waldron’s primary Montessori classroom were given a really big job: to bring the rain. They also learned about the culture of Chile while involved in their rain-making project. Mrs. Waldron’s assistant, Sra. Espinoza, is from Chile and wanted to share something from her home with the students.
Palos de Agua
“Palos de agua (rain sticks),” said Mrs. Waldron, originate from Northern Chile, with African influences as well. Traditionally, they are made from dried cactus, from which the spines are then driven back into in a spiral pattern, and stones or dried beans are poured in to make the sound of falling rain.” Chile, by the way, is home to the world’s driest desert, so conjuring rain storms is important there!
The children punched holes in paper towel tubes in a spiral pattern, using big (safe) tacks.
Then they stuck toothpicks inside the holes and glued them in.
Next, the sharp toothpick edges were clipped off and filed down with manicure tools. “This took a lot of concentration and careful fine motor work,” said Mrs. Waldron.
They wrapped the tubes in brown packing tape . . .
. . . and finally decorated them with colorful yarn and pom poms.
Here Comes the Rain Again!
“The children really enjoyed the process and learning about Chile and the instrument,” said Mrs. Waldron. We can’t wait to see what blossoms they bring!