The colors of the ribbons bring excitement to the room as they flutter through the air. The children are concentrating hard to get their ribbons to follow the pattern of the teacher. You can palpably feel the enthusiastic and electrical feel of energy in the room as the children move their windwands to the pattern as the teacher sings.
What are some windward patterns you can use to the beat of a song?
Circle left, circle right
Circle up, circle down
Figure eight up
Figure eight down
Snake on the floor
Snake up and snake down
Over the shoulder right, over the shoulder left
Paint the sky, paint the floor
How do you make a windwand?
Get three lengths of ribbon (I used 3 ft.). Secure them to a dowel or embroidery hoop (or something for the children to hold on to).
There are also commercially made windwands:
Using windwands with younger children: Do simple movements to the beat for at least 8 beats.
Using windwands with older children: Do a movement two times on one side, then switch to the other side. Follow with another type of movement. For example: Circle left 2x, circle right 2x, snake on the floor back and forth for 4 beats.
I will try to post some videos of using windwands with specific songs. Let me know what songs you would like to see!