Do you have a family that ALWAYS brings a delightful, creative item whenever the curricula asks for something ‘homemade’? I love seeing their ideas…..and then, of course, like any good teacher….I share them with other families!
Well, one of Kindermusik grandmothers is also a pre-school teacher. One day her grand-daughter brought me a set of 24 circles with colorful plastic streamers on each one. Though it wasn’t a Home Activity for Kindermusik, grandmother had made these rings for her own preschool. She chose to make extras and wanted to share them! What a wonderful gift to my studio! The children in Imagine That LOVED them! They requested them nearly every week. The Young Child students enjoyed them as well. The Streamer Rings have been a wonderful addition to our classes, so I hope you’ll enjoy them too!
For EACH ring you will need:
3/8 inch polycord rope – 12 inches per ring
small cable ties – 2 per ring
1-inch wide ribbon/plastic streamers – 36 inches per ring (use 8 or 9 colors)
Hint: polycord rope (plastic rope) and cable ties can be found in home/hardware stores.
Cut polycord rope into 12-inch pieces and warm ends over a small candle. This melts the ends so they don’t fray and also rounds them nicely.
Make a circle with each 12-inch piece and overlap it about 2 inches. Fasten the rope pieces into circles with 2 cable ties, spaced about 1 ¼ inches apart on the overlap.
Cut the ribbon/streamers into 36-inch pieces, one piece for each ring, of each color you are using.
Fold the streamer in half. Thread the cut ends of the streamer around the circle and through the folded end of the streamer. Pull snugly to tighten. It will loop over the rope circle and hang down. Do this for each color, in the same color pattern for each ring, wrapping the streamers to cover the overlapped part of each circle.
For storage, string all the rings on a bungee cord and hang them. They are easy to distribute and store this way.
They are a bit time-consuming, but worth every minute when you see the children’s faces light up as you bring them out! They are a wonderful way to encourage creative movement as we dance, show legato/staccato, and illustrate high/low or up/down. They are fun to use as paintbrushes, brooms, or pretend drawing with zigzag/curvy. They can also be a new way to extend a scarf activity another week.
From Greta Johnson, fellow KM educator – Norfolk, Nebraska