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Make a Gymnast Baton Inspired by Simone Biles

Simone Biles is proof that when you love yourself and embrace the things that make you happy, the sky’s the limit. Introduce kids to Biles's life and accomplishements with a fun craft that celebrates movement and joy!

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Simone Biles is an American gymnastics champion who’s won more medals than anyone else in the history of the sport. She is known for landing skills that have never been done before — she even has four signature gymnastics moves named after her!

When she was 9, Simone Biles learned that she had ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), which made it hard for her to concentrate in class, but she showed the world that learning differences can be a source of strength. At age 24, Biles made headlines during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics by taking a stand for her own mental health and the mental health of her teammates and fellow athletes, saying, "I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and well-being."

Simone Biles is proof that when you love yourself and embrace the things that make you happy, there's no limit to what you can achieve, which makes her a terrific role model for kids (and adults, too!). Introduce kids to her backstory and encourage them to move, dream, and jump for joy with this easy craft.

Make a beautiful gymnast’s baton inspired by the graceful Simone Biles! 

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What You'll Need:

  • Wooden dowel

  • Screw eye for the top of the dowel

  • Markers

  • Satin ribbons in various colors

How to Make It:

  1. 1.

    Soak one end of the dowel in warm water overnight to soften the wood.

  2. 2.

    Twist the screw eye into the softened tip of the dowel.

  3. 3.

    Enlist the kids' help in cutting four 20-inch strips of ribbon.

  4. 4.

    Have kids insert strips of ribbon through the eye of the screw, and tie them with a knot.

  5. 5.

    Next, kids can decorate the dowel rod with markers.

  6. 6.

    All set! They're all ready to do a creative floor routine with their Simone Biles-inspired baton!

Get to Know Simone Biles!

Learn about this trailblazing athlete's life and accomplishments with this printable activity sheet full of trivia, games, and more.

FREE Portrait of Simone Biles by Rebel Girls

Learn more about the life of Simone Biles in a beautifully illustrated biography by our friends at Rebel Girls!

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