Monday, June 30, 2014

Ribbon Wands

Dancing with ribbon wands is a great way to help children practice a song many times without realizing that they are working.  They are best used with slow songs (like Baptism) but can also be fun with patriotic songs.  

Ribbon wands can be fit into any budget.  Online, you'll find directions for wands made with silk ribbon and dowels, shower curtain rings, key rings and cheap curling ribbon, and even more. If you're short on time or money, you can even use scarves or ribbons with nothing attached.  If you have a small primary, you might choose to make a wand for each child.  Or, if your primary is large, you could make only a few wands and have the children take turns trying the ribbons in front of the class.   

Use the following cards to help the children understand how you would like them to move the wands. Stand in front of the room as the children sing and cycle through the cards.  Or, have the children help you create a dance.  Post the pages to the flip chart at the front of the room and place the ribbon wand cards underneath each phrase as the children choose which moves they would like to add.

Move the wand quickly back and forth as it goes down.

Make a rainbow above your head.

Spin around.

Make a figure 8 in front of your body.

Move the wand up and down.

Move the wand back and forth in front of you.

Make short little hops with the wand as you move it across your chest.

Make circles in front of your chest

Swing the wand back and forth in front of you.

Make a "halo" or 'lasso" above your head.

Keep your arm in place and flick the wand up and down.

Loop backward and forward across your chest

Make a "disco" move

I've left the document in Word format so that you can size the cards as desired or delete those cards which you don't wish to use.

If you have other suggestions for moves, please let me know.  I'll try to add them.


I created this activity to quickly review a lot of program songs on American Independence Day, July 4, but it could be used for several different holidays or just for fun.

To prepare the game, print the document below and cut around each firework in a simple circle.  Write the name and page number of a song you'd like to review onto the back of each circle.  Let the children take turns choosing a firework.  Add the firework to the board and sing the song.

  If you plan to use the game several times, it might be worth the effect of printing the fireworks with a black background.  They look much better this way.  Also, if you're using a whiteboard or bulletin board, you might consider putting up a black poster board or black wrapping paper for a background.  If, however, you're only using it once, you can save money on ink by printing the document with the white background.

If you want to make your own fireworks, I used this easy online kaleidoscope painter.

OR, if you have an iPad, you can download an app called "Kaleidoscope Drawing Pad" and have the children draw their own fireworks.  Choose a song you'd like to sing and have one of the children draw while the rest of the primary sings.  When the song is over, have him show his firework to the class.

(If you like this game and you're in the Southern Hemisphere, you might also enjoy this Snowflake Activity.)

For the black background document:

For the white background document: