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Ribbon Squiggle Activity for Kids
- Prep and plant the squiggles: Cut a 2-yard piece of ribbon for each person (child or adult) who’ll be out together. The squiggle is red in the book, but you can use any color that stands out. If you don't have ribbon, cut an old bed sheet into long strips. Find a spot alongside the woods, park, field or trail where you’ll be walking and toss the pieces of ribbon, aka the "squiggles," on the ground.
- Read The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer: If you can, get your hands on a copy and read it with your kids shortly before you go out to stumble upon the squiggles. Kids will make the connection more easily if you read just prior to your squiggle session. If you don’t have the book, that’s okay too. Plant the ribbons, act joyfully surprised when you find them, and proceed.
- Model the make believe: Even if your kid doesn’t need any encouragement to pick up the ribbon and start pretending, they will value and learn from the experience more if you are doing it too. How to model? Pick up a piece of ribbon and say something like, “What could this be? Hmm, I think mine is a snake slithering in the grass. Ssssss....” Maybe your ribbon is a rainbow leading to a leprechaun, an umbrella in a pretend rain storm or a the tail of your child’s favorite animal. Play out a few scenarios, moving your ribbon this way and that. Most kids will catch on and run with it.
- Let them play: Just enjoy watching them play and, as they wish, participate in their pretending. If they enjoy it, tuck the squiggles into your pack and keep them at the ready for another day of pretend play.