The changing weather can be a great sensory diet enhancer. Ice and snow numb our fingers and toes and warmer weather gives us a chance to explore the pool or the beach. Rainy days offer puddles to splash in and ploppy wet raindrop “music” on the roof. And then, there’s the wind…
Little Miss has always been a wind seeker. Even the slightest breeze will elicit a giggle, a toss of the head, or the exclamation, “It WINDY!” The only thing better than feeling the wind? Seeing it. And so, the other day, Little Miss and I found a sensory craft that appeals to her senses of touch and sight at the same time. Ribbon rings!
- 1 Pack of plastic shower curtain rings (available for about $1 at Wal*Mart)
- Spools of ribbon (available at Wal*Mart for about $.50 each)
Like our first DIY activity, Little Miss had a lot of input once we found ourselves in the Wal*Mart craft center. We actually chose three colors of ribbon (purple, yellow, and pink), but the pink never made it to the cash register. Oh well!
Once we got home, we tore into our rings and ribbons. I decided to go with two strands of ribbon for each ring and cut lengths of about 1 yard each. If you have an older child with more mature scissors skills, you may want to even work the fine motor and math angles by having him or her help with the measuring and cutting!
With our ribbons cut, I looped one piece of each color onto a shower curtain ring, like this:
Then, I doubled back and tied a knot to keep the loop from slipping off. Here’s that step:
I ran out of ribbon before I ran out of rings. All told, I had seven rings — enough to hand out pairs for Little Miss’s friends to enjoy with her on the playground after school. The girls had a lot of fun running through the playground while watching their ribbons trail and climbing to the top of playground equipment to watch the ribbons flutter in the breeze (great vestibular and proprioceptive work). And one of the girls’ moms even had this brilliant idea: