We recognize how much children instinctively love to move and dance to music and can’t resist swaying, jumping or moving to a piece of rhythmic music, which we think is fantastic and want to embrace this feeling. We like to make it as much fun as possible and have found that children enjoy dancing even more if they have something in their hand to swirl around as they dance. This could be a light and colourful scarf, a ribbon or a simple piece of floaty fabric that ‘dances’ with them as they move, swirl and twirl.
Dance ribbons are a firm favourite with boys and girls alike, especially if they are colourful, easy to hold and age appropriate. . Here is one way to make some lovely dance ribbons, don’t forget to make one for mum or dad too so that you can around together!
You will need:
- Plastic curtain or shower rings, one for each dance ribbon
- 5/8″ ribbons in bright colours
- Sewing maching or needle and thread
Cut the ribbons to 26” in length and choose 8 different colours.
Line them up together on top of each other and thread through the curtain ring, ensuring they are in one neat pile and all the same length.
When they are pulled half way through the ring, so that equal length of ribbon is over both sides and it appears now like you have 16 ribbons, sew the ribbons together where they fold over, just outside of the curtain ring. You can do this on a sewing machine or by hand, making sure they are firmly held in place.
Trim the ends of the ribbon either straight across, in a V shape or diagonally so that they are neat.
You can choose how many ribbons you use, you may decide simply to use 1,2 or 3. For tiny children you can make them just 6” in length (12” folded over in half), or longer for older children.
Put on some of your favourite music and dance, sway, twirl and watch as your dance ribbon follows you.
Hold it up high and see how many pretty colours you can name.
Can you make a big colourful rainbow as you wave up high from side to side.
What shapes can you make in the air with your dance ribbon? Can you make a circle for the big bright sun or the curvy waves of the sea?
Can you make your dance ribbon jump up and down with you? How high can it jump?
Can you take it for a walk by trailing it on the ground?
Can you wind the bobbin up with your dance ribbon in your hand, but watch out you don’t get in a muddle?
Feel how silky the soft ribbons are against your skin.
How many other ideas can you think of to do with your dance ribbon?
Give them a good shake at the end before you put them away.
Have fun and don’t forget to send us a photo of you dancing with your dance ribbons!