Tightly roll eight to 10 sheets of newspaper (roll from one corner at a diagonal) and secure it with tape. Trim to about 20 inches long.
Tape the ribbon at one end of the stick and wrap it in a spiral to the other end. Secure it at that end with tape.
Glue crinkle paper and a silver cardboard star onto one end of the baton; let dry flat. Decorate the cardboard star with star-shape foam stickers.
Originally published in the July 2008 issue of Parents magazine.