I LOVE THIS PROJECT!
An excellent, super quick project that I got from Family Fun magazine. It’s going to be part of our banging wall (super fantastico project to come). For now, it’s a musical mechanical rain stick of sorts. A baby hypnotizer. It’s quite addictive.
Basically all it is is 20+ washers on a rod. You flip it over (or pull the washers to the top) and watch them go down. It spins hypnotically; it sounds pretty. Then they all reach the bottom and you do it again.
Daisy had fun making it. It’s one of the rare projects a three year old can do from start to finish (though you’ll have to tighten the nuts again later). I painted a few of the washers, but then decided I liked them better silver.
I had hoped that this would be something that would buy me 15 or so minutes to get something done while Daisy played with it. It could easily buy me 20 or 30 minutes, but unfortunately I can’t seem to tear myself away from it either. It’s an odd little meditation stick.
A good sized 1/2” threaded rod (ours is three feet)
Lock nut for the bottom
Eye Bolt for the top (if you’re planning on hanging it)
A whole bunch of 1/2” washers. We have two different diameters to provide visual interest.