Swish. Twist. Float. Twirl. Bounce. Wave. Scrunch. Toss. Peekaboo. Up high, down low. Fast or slow. Round and round. Side to Side. Over your shoulder. Behind your back. Through your legs.
There are a thousand and one ways to play with scarves. That’s precisely why scarves are such a valuable prop in a music class. But surprisingly, what looks like just fun and games is actually enhancing your child’s development, especially when you combine scarf play with a song, a rhyme, or a recording.
Benefits of Scarf Play include:
- Sparking imagination as we explore all kinds of ways to play with our scarves
- Teaching directional tracking as we visually track our scarves’ movement
- Improving eye-hand coordination as we play catch or peekaboo
- Increasing vocabulary as we verbally describe what we are doing with our scarves
- Sharpening listening skills as we move our scarves based on musical or verbal cues
- Practicing inhibitory skills as we start and stop our movements with the scarves
Scarf Play at home
Get descriptive – Can you float your scarf like a cloud up high? Can you swish your scarf like a broom? Can you make your scarf flap like a flag on the flagpole?
Use some prepositions – Move your scarves up, down, in, out, over, through, or around.
Tell a story – Make up a story and use your scarf as a fun prop as you act out the story.
Add some music – Change up the music and move your scarf in totally different ways.
Pretend play – Scarves can transform into a queen’s royal robe, a superhero’s cape, or a glamorous accessory.
We’d love to see how you play with scarves at your house! Post a photo to social media of your child engaged in scarf play. Tag your photo: #ScarfPlay