Twirly Whirly Rainmaker puts a new twist on traditional transparent rainmakers. Brightly colored beads not only cascade from one end of the tube to the other. They also set internal parts in motion. As a multi-sensory toy, this rainmaker provides auditory and visual stimulation. Children like experimenting with sound. They play and observe what happens. One child may wonder if tilting the tube at different angles will change the sound. Or what happens if he rolls the rainmaker across the floor. Another may shake the tube. While conducting such experiments, the children will encounter both auditory and visual differences. Just watching the beads run their course develops visual tracking skills. Simply turning the tube end over end to restart improves fine motor skills from grasp to wrist rotation.
Being able to see the beads in action fosters a child’s understanding of cause and effect. Observing the flow of the beads while hearing the sound allows the child to recognize the connection between the action of setting the beads in motion and the reaction-the sound the beads make as they move through the tube.
Rainmakers also offer emotional benefits. While engaged in watching and listening, people relax. Minds calm. Focus improves. Many children with autism find rainmakers soothing. Popular a a distraction and fidget toy, Twirly Whirly Rainmaker measures 12″L. For variety, combine new and traditional clear rainmakers-Rainbowmaker 8” and Rainbowmaker 16″.