We’ve always loved hands-on toys around here. You know, the kind that you have to interact with to get it to work. So, I knew when I saw a picture of this pretty little “music stick” that we’d need to give it a try.
The idea is so simple, a two-year-old can use it. It works like this…
Your child slides the washers up to the top of the threaded metal rod then lets them go.
As the washers spin and twirl down to the bottom, they make a lovely, tinkling sound–almost like a rain stick–only softer. Quite pleasant, really.
Now the really nice part. It went together in less than 5 minutes. No kidding. Seriously, the hardest part for me was walking in to Home Depot and trying to act like I knew what I was doing. I finally just handed the list to one of the workers and they gathered up all the stuff for me. :}
1/2 by 4-inch threaded eyebolt
Teflon plumber’s tape
1/2 inch all-thread rod, 24 or 36 inches long
1/2 inch coupling nut
1/2 inch locknut
10-15 1/2 inch washers
1. Wrap a piece of Teflon tape around the end of the eyebolt and both ends of the rod. This will help it all stay screwed together over time.
2. Take the eyebolt…
and screw it to the coupling nut.
3. Screw the rod to the other end of the coupling nut.
4. Slide the washers onto the rod.
5. Secure the locknut to the bottom–and you’re finished.
Now hang it from a post or tree or–in this case–the top of my canopy bed, and turn the kiddos loose with it.
They’ll be enthralled, captivated, amazed and surprised at just how fun it is to play with.
So will you.