Dancing Ribbon Rings make Movement Memorable and Fun

Young girls in leotards in a dance class using dancing ribbons as they dance to the music

Dancing Ribbon Rings are easy and fun to make.  They incorporate craft time and then easily shift into a fun, creative form of movement.  

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Dancing Ribbon Rings make Movement Memorable and Fun!

Dancing Ribbon Rings can make movement fun and memorable.  They are inexpensive and easy to make.  Spending time making crafts and promoting movement is never time wasted!

What are the benefits to dance? There are countless articles and studies that promote dance as having both cognitive and physical benefits. Here are few resources for families;

Cognitive Benefits

According to a press release sent out by the National Dance Education Organization, there has been an evidence based study that was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The study reviewed over 200 documents for evidence of how dance impacted learning in the K-12 setting.  The report includes information on how dance relates to students overall focus in language arts, math and science as well as other areas.  Here is a link to the study in its entirety.

More to read from Harvard.

Physical Benefits

In addition, there are numerous articles that promote dance as part of cardiovascular health while also impacting balance, strength and mood.  

Here are a few article links for your convenience and your own personal study;

US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Healthline 

Better Health

Dance can be incorporated through classes or it can simply be part of any day with a little music and movement.  Making dancing ribbon rings with your child(ren) can help to promote over all movement and motor skill development as it encourages the increased use of arms through a creative outlet.

How to make Dancing Ribbon Rings

Supplies for making dancing ribbon rings

Supplies needed for making ribbon dancing rings;

  • Colorful Ribbon
    • NOTE:  Check the dollar store and/or take advantage of sales and coupons.  We bought these ribbons on a buy one, get one sale plus were able to use a 20% full purchase discount.
    • Choose your ribbon width based on the size of your rings.  Plan on a minimum of four colors.
    • How do you know how much you will need?  Measure in advance of your shopping.
      • Note: we measured the ribbon length to the dancer by having the dancer hold out their arm straight, measuring from arm to a few inches above the floor and then double that measurement; ultimately the ribbon will be folded in half.  Make sure to keep the ribbons short enough to avoid tripping; each individuals ribbons would be different based on height.
  • Rings
    • We found ours at the local craft store and selected a solid ring.  We found rings that cost $1 per ring.  Don’t use embroidery hoops as they pose a hazard with the metal screw.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

measuring ribbon for dancing ribbon rings

Step 1:  Measure the ribbon(s) to the desired length.

  • Note: we measured the ribbon length to the dancer by having the dancer hold out their arm straight, measuring from arm to a few inches above the floor and then double that measurement; ultimately the ribbon will be folded in half.  Make sure to keep the ribbons short enough to avoid tripping; each individuals ribbons would be different based on height.

Step 2:  Cut the ribbons based on your measurement.

Step 3:  Fold the ribbon in half.  Place the folded loop under the ring.  Wrap the two ends of the opposite end of the ribbon over the ring and through the loop to pull through and form a knot securely holding the ribbon in place.  Repeat the process until you have secured all of the ribbons in place on both rings.

dancing ribbon rings

Now it’s on to the fun and move.  Turn on the music and set a timer for 30 minutes.  Place one ring in each hand and dance to the music swinging your arms and moving the ribbons!

Meet Click! 

Click encourages movement and loves to help kids get moving and keep track of their movement.

Click encourages Movement

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Wait don’t forget to keep us on the loop.  Let us know if you made your own dancing ribbon rings.  In fact, let us know your favorite dance song and/or play list.  You can leave us a comment below or you can send us a note at info@jodiefitz.com.  We love to hear from our friends at the Better Bites Gang!

 

*NOTE: While we share creative movement options and ideas, you are responsible for your and your child’s limitations and/or own experiences. Always check with a healthcare provider with any questions you may have.

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