Swish. Twist. Float. Twirl. Bounce. Wave. Scrunch. Toss. Peekaboo…
There are a thousand and one ways to promote development with scarf play. 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.
6 Benefits of Scarf Play
- 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
How to Initiate 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.
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One Reply to “The Surprising Benefits of Scarf Play on a Child’s Development”
Scarf play is the best thing that ever happened to my child! It is so beneficial! Thank you so much!