Ribbon Twirling

I found a long ribbon attached to a long string at a local craft store.  The ribbon is colorful and light.  It is called a ribbon twirler.

Ribbon Twirling

I have seen this in the past in the Olympic Games during the gymnastic portion.  It’s a lovely part of the event, as the competitors jump and prance while twirling the beautiful ribbon at the same time.

When I brought it home, my little girl took to the ribbon twirling like a fish to water. She started by simply turning the handle in a circle. That took a whole day to master.  It was an all day activity. It’s rare that something captures her attention so thoroughly.

The next day, I was sure she would be bored or not want to do it again.  However, as soon as she woke up she rushed to find her “twirly twirl” as she called it.

She practiced twirling it over her head, behind her as she walked, along the ground like a “snake”.  By the end of the day, she was accomplishing all of these tricks while running and jumping.

On the third day, we went to the park, to a large field. And that open space with her running with the rainbow ribbon flowing behind her was a sight!

She really enjoyed it.  Learning a little every day in a controlled space, then later in an open field gave her a sense of freedom and continuity. She also learned she could master something all on her own.

To make your own ribbon twirl, click here.

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Article by Nuria Almeida

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