There is a blog that I follow called, Twig and Toadstool. It's a wonderful blog filled with fun ideas and projects for you to do with your kids.
Summer is in full swing here. The Native's have been home from school for a few weeks now which is perfect opportunity to do a project like this one. The making of twirly rainbow ribbon wands.
The tutorial for these wands is located here on the Twig and Toadstool site. Because they do such a good job teaching you how to make these, i'll let you go to their site for the instructions.
It made for a fun morning for the three youngest Natives as they colored both sides of the ribbon.
What drew me to this particular project is Levi. Levi loves flags, anything that resembles a flag, anything that as he rides his bike will go flapping in the air behind him. This was perfect. It's colorful, it's attached to a stick, and it twirls and flaps behind you when you ride fast on your bike. Perfect!
|Why yes, my daughter is still in her jammies. Her mother was still in her jammies. Why should my daughter be any different? And no making comments that you can tell by the shadows it's close to noon! It's summer vacation!|
We did make one small change in the directions. The tutorial suggests that you take a medicine dropper which you see Henny Penny using here in this photo. She is taking rubbing alcohol and as you drop it on the spaces in between the colors, they start to run together.
I'm lazy. I got a little glass bowl, poured the rubbing alcohol into it, and then ran the ribbon through the bowl really fast getting the whole ribbon wet. We then let the ribbons dry on the grass.
You do get your hands all stained with the colors if you do it my way so if you do, wear rubber gloves if you don't like dyed fingers.
I made the mistake of telling Levi we were dipping the ribbons in alcohol. He's been learning at school that you don't do drugs or drink alcohol.
Levi: ALCOHOL!! Did you say ALCOHOL!
I ignored him. How in the world do I explain to him that rubbing alcohol is okay but the kind he's been taught about isn't ? I couldn't think of how to separate the two for him in his sweet mind so I chose to ignore him and change the subject. I know. My parenting skills are astounding.
For those who may be reading my blog for the first time, our Levi has special needs and is mentally pure and innocent.
Twirly wands! I was chased around the yard at one point and told I was going to be changed into a turtle.
Levi's favorite activity. Standing by the air conditioning unit watching objects fly up into the air.
Daily Levi funny:
Levi: What is this?
Mr. J: A donut!
Levi: Who's gonna have that last donut?
Mr. J: I dunno.
Levi: I haven't had one since I was 90 years old!