May 18, 2013

The Ribbon

Children love the most unexpected things. One day on a whim I popped into a haberdashery store and bought two metre lengths of wide ribbon, one for each of my kids.

"Here you go," I said, and gave them the ribbons which I unrolled with a flourish.

"What for?" they asked.

"Anything," I said. You can use them for playing, or you can decorate something, or you can cut them up and use them for a craft. Whatever you want."

They loved them. They initially used them as gymnasts' twirling ribbons, then various other things, and after awhile A cut hers into smaller strips and made flags with straws and sticky tape, and that was her ribbon all used up.

M still has hers, and she still plays with it a lot. It is a rope, a scarf, a swing, a tightrope, a bell rope, a hair ribbon, a belt, a weapon, a blindfold. Today she got me to wrap it in a bow around a rolled up piece of paper to make a scroll.


  1. Brilliant Jackie, such a great idea. Love the different things the girls did with their ribbons. What could I use for the boys do you think?

    1. Hmm.. Empty boxes? String? Both also a big hit here! (But boxes are messy!)

    2. You know Tracey, your comment really made me think. My first thought was to answer your question with "give them ribbon". Then I thought, if I had sons would I have thought to go to a haberdashery shop and buy lengths of ribbon for them to play with? (one purple, one dark pink?) Probably not.



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