artistic expression,  DIY,  movement,  music

DIY Ribbon Rings

I have a hard time believing that I’ve never shared this easy DIY – It’s my all time favorite indoor movement activity, and I’ve been known to gift Toddlers and preschoolers on my shopping list with some favorite music and their very own sets of DIY ribbon rings.

I’ve seen a number of varieties of ribbon wands over the years, but I’m partial to the rings because they are easier for little hands to hold onto, and they pose fewer opportunities for accidental injuries when the dancing gets wild.  Rings also require no glue or tape at all because you can tie the ribbon right around the ring itself, so they are a quick project.

To make your own you’ll need plastic shower curtain rings and an assortment of ribbon.  The only tip that I suggest when you’re picking out ribbon is to stay away from any ribbon that has wire edges, because the wire can be sharp when it is cut.  Any other ribbon works just fine, and if you are feeling especially frugal you could even use fabric strips if you happen to have a stash.

To put together your ribbon rings you just have to tie the ribbon to the ring. I like to fold each piece of ribbon in half (cut them extra long) and use a slip knot to attach it to the ring.  This makes it really easy to take the ribbon off if I need to change it.

Now that your ribbon rings are finished, what exactly do you do with them? Here are some ideas:

  • Dance to music while waving them around
  • Sing favorite movement songs and do the motions to the songs while holding them
  • Hang them so that children can crawl underneath them
  • Take them outside and use them like kites
  • Play Simon Says and similar direction-following games with them
  • Use them to decorate for class parties
  • Attach them to a chain link fence and weave the ribbons through the links
Can you think of other fun ways to use these?

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