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Foil + Ribbon = Comet

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

Foil and ribbon comets are the perfect activity for reusing discarded ribbon after the holidays. If your kids are nuts about space like mine is, they will love the idea of making a flying comet. 

How We Did It

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

To start, round up some ribbon and two pieces of foil. I pulled out ribbon from the recycling. Each ribbon was cut to various lengths, textures and colors. My son eagerly comes to the table when I announce that we are going to make a foil ball.  

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

He takes one piece of foil and immediately crumples it up.

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

Then he selects some ribbon from the pile. The ribbon is looped around the foil and knotted at a base. He ties on the white piece but asks for help with the gold ribbon. The goal is to have all the ribbon streamers coming out at one end, but precision is not his thing.

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

Once all the ribbon is tied on, we place the ball on the second piece of foil.  He crumples the extra foil over the ribbon-covered ball. This helps secure the ribbon in place.

Foil + Ribbon = Comet

He immediately knows his comet is a creation that needs to fly. My intentions were to make a ball to sail through the sky like a comet.  He has his own idea, and swings the comet around by one of the ribbons.

Keywords

space comet ribbon foil

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