This festive baton in patriotic colors is the perfect accessory for a holiday party or parade.
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.