Dress-Up Activities for Kids

Magic Wand

You'll feel positively magical with this special wand.
You'll feel positively magical with this special wand.
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With a wave of the magic wand, you can become a magician, a wizard, or

or even a fairy godmother. This wand is likely to become one of your favorite props for dress-up play.

And it's as fun to make it as it is to play with it. You'll need to ask an adult for help with some of it, but the fun parts are all yours!

What You'll Need

  • 2 yards of ribbon
  • Blunt scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue
  • 24-inch wood dowel with 1/2-inch diameter
  • Cardboard
  • Ballpoint pen or black felt-tip pen
  • Aluminum foil
  • Old paintbrush
  • Sequins or small jingle bells (optional)

How to Make a Magic Wand

Step 1: Cut a 24-inch piece of ribbon. Glue one end of the ribbon to one end of the wood dowel; then wrap it around the dowel.

Step 2: When you reach the bottom, trim off the excess ribbon and glue the end in place.

Step 3: To make the wand streamers, cut a few strips of ribbon with varying lengths. Glue one end of each strip to the top end of the dowel. If you want, add some sequins or small jingle bells to each streamer end.

Step 4: Cut a small strip of cardboard about 1 inch long. Wrap and glue the strip of cardboard around the dowel, 1/2 inch from the top end, covering the ends of the ribbons.

Step 5: Ask an adult to cut 2 small slits in the cardboard, one across from the other.

Step 6: Draw and cut out a moon, star, or other magical symbols from the aluminum foil.

Step 7: To stiffen the foil, coat one side with glue and let it dry. Insert the foil shape in the slits. Add a dab of glue to hold it in place.

All you need to be a wizard, a king or a queen is the right hat or crown. Keep reading to find out how to make one.

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