Scarf play holds fascination for children
of all ages. The novelty of the item is exciting as well as challenging.
Scarf play helps with hand-eye coordination. For younger children, the
ability to track a moving objects transfers to many games and sports. Make
sure your scarves are light-weight (although inexpensive paper napkins or
Tulle works very well too). Use caution since scarves can be very slippery
if stepped on.
integrate movement and learning:
school readiness skills. Identify colors, match scarves to same colors,
make various shapes with the scarf, etc.
ordinal numbers, place children in a straight line of three, each with a
scarf. The first in line performs a sweeping action, the last in line
performs a tail-like motion with the scarf, the middle child makes
helicopter circles overhead. Reverse the positions and repeat. Who is
first, last, in the middle?
to move creatively and use concepts like: right, left, high, low, out, in,
up, down, etc.
your favorite song and move the scarf to the beat. Listen to the beat and
move rhythmically. Use different music for a variety of exploration.
tossing and catching with a scarf. Lay the scarf on the palm of one hand,
with the thumb and pointer finger of the other hand, pinch the scarf in the
middle and lift it off the palm. Now give it a flick into the air and catch
it. Keep palms facing out when catching. Toss and catch with one or two
hands, alternate hands, clap once or twice before a catch. For a
challenge, try toss-spin around-catch.
the scarf and watch it land on different body parts (back of hand, head,
foot, back, etc.) Verbally say the body part as the scarf lands for
the scarf to illustrate concepts such as between two like body parts (a
partner is needed), between two unlike body parts.
the scarf to demonstrate a pattern (e.g., toss-clap-catch, repeat; toss-touch
your head-catch, repeat; toss-spin-catch, repeat)
build a bar graph on the floor by laying all the same colored scarves in a
line. Once graph is complete, discuss the qualities of least/most, next to
least/most, etc. Are there colors that have the same amounts?
something new to do!