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Red, White, and Blue Baton

Put a colorful spin on things with this fun parade stick.

What you’ll need

  • Acrylic paint
  • Dowel
  • Ribbon
  • Rubber tip

How to make it

  • Red, White, and Blue Baton - Step 1

    To make one, first place a 5/8-inch-diameter dowel under your child’s arm as shown. Mark where her fingertips reach, then carefully cut the dowel to this length (a job for parents).

  • Paint the dowel with acrylic paint and let it dry.

  • Next, cut eight 2-foot lengths of colorful ribbon. Fold 4 of the ribbon pieces in half over one end of the dowel, then push a 5/8-inch rubber tip (available at hardware stores) onto the dowel to secure the ribbons in place. Repeat at the other end, and your baton is ready to twirl.