With the Queen's Jubilee & the Olympics just around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time to create some ribbon wands ready to join in the celebrations.
To make them we used:
* Wooden dowel rods (we picked up a meter of dowel for 70p from a local hardware store, & cut into * 15inch sections)
* 1 eye screw
* 2 split rings (key rings)
* Ribbons (we cut our chosen ribbon into 32inch lengths)
* 1 small safety pin
These wands cost very little to make, & were simple to create. To start, twist in the eye screw to the centre of the dowel.
Then join the split rings together, & thread one through the eye screw. You could use just one split ring, but we found using two helped prevent the ribbons getting tied up.
Gather the ribbons for the wand together & cut until they are a similar length. We used 32inch ribbons which were an ideal length for Minnie to use without her getting tangled up! Thread all the ribbons onto the safety pin & attach to the split ring. (If you're concerned about the end of the ribbons fraying, just add a fine coating of PVA glue to the edges & once dry, add to the safety pin as before.)
We've made several of these with different coloured ribbons to give to friends & our rainbow ribbons were a definite favourite! (All the ribbons were attached just as before.) The children have loved personalising their wands by decorating the wood dowel with paint / pens / & stickers!
There are so many ways to play with this colourful wand. We've been exploring which shapes you can create as you swirl the ribbons, what happens to the ribbons when you hold the wand out & turn around, & imagining our ribbon wand is a wishing wand, or a magic wand! Minnie has been creating circles / loops above her head, & using the ribbons to tickle toes, head, nose, etc. We've also discovered it makes a great tail, & how much fun it is to explore how high / low / wide you can wave the ribbons! Great for encouraging co-ordination, & control of gross motor movements, as well as spatial awareness.
We're going to use our red, white & blue ribbons to join in our local Jubilee celebrations in a few weeks, & make another with red, gold, green, blue, & black ribbons (the colours of the Olympic rings) to cheer on the Olympic torch as it passes through our town.
But in the meantime, I think we'll enjoying dancing around the garden with them!