One of Rowan's favorite things is to dance around the house while listening to music, with great flair. Her newest obsession is trying to dance like a ballerina- she tells me, "I need to do my ballerinas now Mommy." As I was watching her prance about the other day I remembered a simple ribbon toy that I loved as a girl-- a long pink ribbon attached to a wand, to use for dancing. I bought 2 yards of shiny pink ribbon and a yard each of two different shades of purple, and hot glued the long pink ribbon around the end of a wooden dowel. I then glued and wrapped one color of purple around the dowel until it was covered, and then criss-crossed the pattern on the wand with a darker purple ribbon. She LOVES this simple toy, and uses it not only for dancing, but as a pretend fishing pole, and her "talking stick." Here are some pictures of her testing it out on the beach.
A few days later she got her latest issue of High Five magazine in the mail, and the craft project for this month's issue was to make a ribbon dancing toy using the lid of a canning jar, with different colored pieces of ribbon tied around the ring. This toy is also a hit- and little Retta likes to play with this one too!