When we cast our circles and prepare for our ritual, we grab our tools, our candles, our symbols, and ourselves, but in addition, we also gather or energy building items! Energy building in circle is extremely important to the outcome and manifestation of our working because it not only creates energy for our goal to manifest from, but it also gets us to a focused state through trance, blood flow, emotions, and increased awareness on a higher level. There are many ways to build energy, and one of them includes through the use of drums or percussion instruments.
Hearing is one of the the key state-altering senses, and the vibrations that accompany these sounds do wonders for building energy! However, some are afraid they lack the rhythm for drums or, in the case of this article, want to give their children something to make noise with, in circle, that they will be able to control and make for themselves!
Rain/Medicine/Healing Sticks are perfect for children because they are easy to make, and very useful in the craft of children! Not only are they wonderful in-circle, but they are very useful for getting rid of nightmares and scary monsters, as they act as an energy nullifier, similar to bells, but grounding due to the earth components! Calming, raising, grounding, and imbued with an individual traits, these adorable rain sticks will be your pagan child's new favorite instrument!
Children's Rain/Medicine/Healing Sticks - Adult supervision may be required. Make a ritual out of creating this!
- 1 Toilet Paper tube, Paper Towel tube, or Wrapping Paper tube [depending on what size you'd like]
- Thick needle, thin Metal Skewer, or anything that can poke small holes through the tube [you want these holes to be right at the thickness of the toothpicks or a little smaller]
- Scissors or Nail Clippers
- Hot Glue gun
- Paper, to wrap the tube
- Tape or Glue, to seal the paper
- Wax paper or Cloth
- Rubber bands
- Dry Rice
- Magic Glitter, color depending on correspondence
- Small Crystals, depending on correspondence
- Markers, Paints, Paper, Beads, Etc., for decoration
- Parent: Following the spiral of the paper tubing, use the needle/thin skewer to pierce holes all the way through the tubing.
- Child: Using the toothpicks push the toothpicks all the way through both of the pre-punched holes. These will make the sounds of rain as the rice falls down the tube.
- Parent: Using the scissors or nail clippers, snip the sharp points off of the toothpicks, and secure the toothpicks in place with a dab of hot glue.
- Child: Wrap the tube in paper and tape it snuggly in position.
- Child: Place a piece of cloth/wax paper on one end of the tube, and secure it with a rubber band or have your parent hot glue it down.
- Child: Pour some rice into the tube.
- Parent: Close the open end of the tube with your hand and let the child hear the sound. If they want to change the sound, add more or take away some rice until they think it's perfect!
- Child: Add in Magic Glitter, saying what the glitter is for, as well as any other magical items they'd like to add.
- Child: Seal off the other end, decorate it, cleanse it, and consecrate it!
This can be done with anyone of any age! Use appropriate judgement when deciding if your child can do certain steps. They will love this new toy and tool, and it's practically free! Happy Parenting!
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