My three-year-old loves music and dancing. It's in her blood! When
she was five months old and just learning to sit, she was already
bouncing along to music.
Our family's always trying to find ways
to nurture Clare's love of music. These ribbon wands are a pretty simple
way to do just that. Our daughter loves dancing around with these and
watching the colors swirl and twirl around her. It brings me so much joy
to see my daughter in a state of total happiness...
How We Did It
This project requires some prep work for parents. So gather the
materials while your little one is asleep and spend about 10 minutes
prepping for this.
For a power tool-less alternative to this project, you can use
scissors to cut two small holes at the end of a paper towel tube to
create fat wands. Or you can do what we did and create skinnier wands
using dowels and a drill.
To go this latter route, first drill a
hole towards the end of the wand. I recommend using as large a drill bit
as you can to make it easier to thread the ribbon through.
Cut up various pieces of ribbon. (About 2.5-3' was a good length for our three-year-old.)
Now that you have prepped the area, have your little ones join in on the
fun. They can pick the colors for their ribbon wand. We did three to
four ribbons in each wand and loved how it turned out.
My daughter was pretty good at threading the ribbon through the holes,
which surprised me a little. I guess her fine motor skills are pretty
good for a three-year-old!
Once all the colors were through the hole, we tied the ribbons in a knot so that the ribbons would stay put.
Then we turned on some music and watched Clare twirl around the room. We
made a couple of ribbon wands so that she could have one for each hand,
and there were extras for anyone who wanted to join in on the fun!