Early Learning Centre sells a great range of musical toys aimed at babies / younger toddlers. The baby rainmaker is sold as part of this range. Over the years, we have bought many of the baby instruments but this has been one of the long standing favourites.
The rainmaker is basically a clear plastic cylinder of around 25cm. Inside it has a number of plastic discs which effectively create a number of individual sections within the tube. Also inside are a great number of bright multicoloured tiny plastic beads. When the rainmaker is tipped, these beads pass from section to section through small holes in the discs. This motion creates a small, ongoing clattering sound as the beads find their way from one end to the other which sounds similar to rain hitting a plastic roof. It's an intriguing sound for a baby / toddler.
It is aimed at 3-18 month old babies which I would say is pretty realistic. For the younger end of this range, it is the noise which is attractive but given the size and weight of the item they are not able to play with it independently until they are older.
Positives: this toy stimulates multiple senses and encourages hand to eye coordination. It is also extremely robust. The construction is good quality and ours has withstood quite a bashing over the years! The price is also pretty reasonable for a toy that both lasts and entertains for this length of time. It is currently selling for £6 in ELC but it is always worth waiting for one of their sales. The other main advantage is that there are no batteries required for this toy.
Summary: a simple, robust, stimulating and entertaining toy which makes a nice change from the electronic tunes coming from most toys.
My baby boy loves music and different noises and we bought him various rattles and bells to please his curiosity in this field. When I took him to a music group and they were giving out instruments for the baby to shake etc, my son was given a rather large plastic tube shaped thing that I had no real idea what it was. It turned out that it was a rainmaker and it also turned out that my son loved it. So I decided to purchase one for home too, and found one in the Early Learning Centre priced at £8.
The rainmaker is about 25cm in length and 3-4cm in diameter. It is quite thick and my son did have trouble grasping and holding this at first. It is cylindrical and the outside is clear plastic, with coloured plastic caps at either end (blue and green). Inside the tube you can see numerous coloured balls and coloured plates at equal lengths along the tube. Each plate has several holes in so that the balls can pass through. The idea of the toy is that you tip it upside down and the balls move from top to bottom at varying speeds as they pass through the holes in the plate. This makes a lot of noise - said to be like the sound of falling rain, hence the name. I wouldn't necessarily describe it as like rain, just the noise of balls dropping, but perhaps that's because I know what it is!
The toy is for babies aged 6 months plus, which is fair enough as this is when they are likely to be sitting up and perfecting their grip. However, I believe that this would hold some value for children younger than this as I know that my son at around 3 months would have been captivated by the noise and movement of this if I simply tipped it up in front of him.
The toy is really durable and has withstood several drops from the highchair to the floor and emerged pretty unscathed. There are a few little scratches but no cracks or dents. The main problem that we have experienced is really just due to the size of the toy. My son is like a mini whirlwind and loves to throw things around as much and as quickly as possible and, whilst still perfecting his co-ordination, this has resulted in a few bumps to the head from the rainmaker. He doesn't hold it against it though and still keeps reaching for the toy, giggling as he watches the balls move down the tube.
In summary, this is a really lovely, simple toy that will stimulate baby. It is also rather noisy which can get on the adults nerves after a while, but adds to the enjoyment for baby!
When my daughter turned 3 months she suddenly developed an interest in toys. Everywhere I looked seemed to stock the usual teething rings or crinkle soft toys and I was looking for something different. I had read that musical instruments can help you baby develop and simulate their senses so when I saw this in Boots I decided to buy it.
The rainmaker costs £8.19, it is recommended for babies over 6 months on the packaging but at 4 months my daughter can hold it herself.
The rainmaker is designed to be easy for your baby to hold, it is slightly thinner in the middle so that your baby can hold it. The top of the tube has a blue stopper and the bottom a green stopper. There are two yellow rubber rings around the middle too which help your baby grip it. The tube is filled with small coloured beads which when shaken or turned around cascade through various coloured layers inside the tube making a 'rain' noise.
My daughter loves the noise that this makes. The brightly coloured beads really catch her eye too. I have used this successfully when she is unsettled and she has dropped off! She also likes to hold and shake it herself. The noise is gentle and not too loud so it wouldn't scare your little one as I found some toys do.
My nephew has also used this and loves it, it is very durable as he is 1 and likes to drop things and it has even survived being lauched across the kitchen floor.
This is certainly a toy that will last for years as older children can use it to 'make' music.
The only thing I did notice with this was that some of the beads tend to get stuck to the tube because of the build up of static in there, this is nothing a quick shake won't sort out!
All in all I would give this 5 out of 5, sometimes the simple things are the most fun! and my daughter certainly loves this.
ELC Rainmaker Toy
One of our little ones favourite toys is a very simple toy which has been around for years. A rainmaker.
A rainmaker is simply a noisy musical instrument type toy suitable for babies even before they can hold on to it themselves. It is approximately 25cm long and cylindrical shaped. It has two coloured ends with a see-through centre which allows the baby to see the coloured 'plates' and many little coloured balls which tip through the 'plates' noisily going from top to bottom. Each plate has four holes in to make the passing of the balls through it possible.
The reason it is so named a Rainmaker is due to the noise the balls make when tipping through the centre. I find the noise rather annoying after a while as it is quite loud though our little one loves it. The older one had this at the age of about 6 months and obviously the younger had it straight away and both enjoyed watching me tip it up and down, getting excited when the balls reflected in the sunlight. As the children grew, they were eventually able to grasp hold of it themselves, progressing from shaking it to actually tipping it up and down. It is quite thick so it did take them a while to be able to get their little hands around it. The oldest is now nearly three and this toy has not interested them for a long while now though they do like tipping it up and down for the younger one who still continues to get excited with it, their legs kicking wildly and laughter emerging.
The other great thing about this toy is that it doesn't take batteries!
Although a simple toy, I fully recommend this toy for young babies. It is £7.00 in the Early Learning Centre which may seem like a lot for what it is though it does provide hours of simple entertainment.
The ELC Baby Rainmaker is a much loved toy in our household. After 7 months of playing, my daughter has not yet got bored of this.
Easy to grip and use, the ELC Baby Rainmaker provides hours of entertainment.
The sounds, motion and colours keep baby interested and stimulates multiple senses at once. Perfect for teaching baby how to use their hands and wrists.
We paid £7 for this toy and at the time, seemed a little steep for what is essentially rice in a plastic bottle, however the rainmaker has proved it's worth and turned out to be great value for money as it's not a toy that baby will get bored of quickly. Recommended for ages 3 - 18 months, this toy will actually last that long and keep baby captivated.
Another great advantage for this toy is that it requires no batteries.
The only downfall I have with this toy is the sound and very hard ends. My daughter has hit herself with this a few times which has ended in tears.
Overall, this is a must have for any parent and toddler.
When my baby was around 2 months old I was wandering round our local Early Learning Centre looking for any toys which might entertain such a young child. I found the baby Rainmaker in the music section, it had the youngest age range in the section. It is recommended for children aged 3-18 months. The toy normally costs £7 but I had a voucher for 20% off so got it for £5.60.
The rainmaker is 25cm long and is cylindrical in shape. The body of the toy is made of clear plastic with a blue cap at one end and green cap at the other. On the picture Dooyoo have provided you can see a pink and red band around the toy, these are a rubber material. The pink band has textured dots on and the red one has textured stripes.
Inside the rain maker there is a spindle running from one end to the other, threaded onto the spindle are 8 disks which work as filters for the beads inside the rainmaker, the filters are in different colours, each filter has 3 holes. The filters are smaller than the main body of the rainmaker so as well as the holes in the middle there is space round the edges for the beads to fall. There are approximately 150-200 small, multi-coloured beads inside the rainmaker, I can't count them as it's not possible to open it.
If you use the rainmaker as you would turn an egg timer you will hear a noise which sounds like rain cascading onto a conservatory roof. If you shake it it sounds more like a really noisy rattle. I quite like the noise but my partner finds it quite annoying.
Despite being a month under the recommended age for this toy my baby was mesmerised by the sound of it and would stare at it for ages when I kept on turning it over for him. By 3 months he was grabbing at it but was unable to hold it properly as it was quite wide for his small hands. This toy was brilliant entertainment for him until he was 5.5 months old. At this point he wanted to play with it more independently, he was able to hold it with both hands but inevitably within a minute of holding it he would bang it on his head. As the to is made of very hard plastic this led to tears and me having to put the toy away.
He is now 7 months old and is a little more coordinated with his hands, but is still managing to hurt himself with it. He is at a stage where he will allow me to hold it with him for a short time but then wants to assert his independence and take it off me. Despite the problems we are having with this toy right now I still think it was worth the money I paid for it. It is durable, and has been dropped on our wood floors and in the garden by my friends 3 year old many times, no damage has occurred to the toy. I am sure in a couple of months he will be able to play with it again without hitting his head.
Overall I would recommended this toy for young baby's as it has helped sooth my baby on several occasions when he was crying. For me the sound was a welcome change to playing so many nursery rhymes. Just be careful with the rainmaker when your baby is starting to want to play more independently. With the combination of textures, sound and colours this toy stimulates baby's senses, including sight, hearing and touch. It can also help to develop hand eye coordination as your baby learns to turn and shake it.
Shake or tip this toy and it makes a lovely beady rattle sound, as the coloured beads cascade.