Rainsticks – I discovered an easier way to make these. I cut large pieces of dried bamboo leaving one end open and the other closed. Sand the outside. Cut a piece of chicken wire a little less than the length of the bamboo stick and about 6 inches widw. Roll the chicken wire up and slide it inside the bamboo stick. Put about 1/2 cup of rice inside and seal it by glueing a tree cookie on the end. The tree cookies are slices of a tree branch. The kids can paint them.