by Tamsyn

April 29, 2016

activity scarves

Activity Scarves Giveaway

While I have not personally used the scarves featured in this giveaway, I do trust West Music as I have had good experiences with their products.  I chose these scarves because they are hemmed, because there were 12 different colors, and because these were larger than other packages I saw.

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Enter the giveaway and learn more below.  We will be purchasing the prize for the winner.

Find out more about the 27" scarves the winner will receive on Amazon.  Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, May 6th.

Music Time with Scarves

Activity Scarves Giveaway

Using scarves during music time is a great way to encourage children to move and dance.  Inhibitions are often left at the door when a colorful, light scarf is placed in their hands.

For tiny children, little more than music and a propโ€‹ are needed, although having a teacher lead the way with suggested movements is always nice.  Older children can learn choreography or even come up with their own movements.  Even teenagers can use them in show-choir like settings.  There are even music CDs out there designed especially for scarf time, but many of them look rather corny.  I think you can get the same benefits with a variety of classical music and a little creativity.

I have used scarves primarily with very young children and my own.  As I was looking online for videos to demonstrate their use, at first I was a little disappointed that there wasn't something more professional on YouTube, but then I realized that the real-life footage aptly reflected my experience.  The point of scarf activities isn't to produce a masterpiece of movement, but to get kids moving.  To get the creative juices flowing.  To warm up.  To get the wiggles out.  To encourage class participation.  They do their job well.  Nevermind perfection- the scarves are fun!  I kept digging, however, and these three videos stood out to me.

Making your own scarves

You don't have to buy fancy scarves to get the benefits of scarf play.  I personally am no seamstress, but I know people who have made their own scarves with materials purchased new or at thrift stores.  There are often curtains, sheer tablecloths, and other such items that are donated to second-hand stores that are the perfect fabrics to use for scarf playtime.  The tricky thing is, these fabrics are hard to work with.  But it has been done!  You could just cut them into rectangles and call it good, but they will begin to fray in time.  I know from personal experience, but for the money and time I put into them, I have no regrets.

My kids have had as much fun with larger pieces of fabric as they did with the scarves.  Long skinny pieces, round tablecloths, fabric with a corner cut out, they don't seem to care.  They love wrapping themselves up to create costumes as well as parachute-type play, pretending to go on a picnic, and more.  See-through fabric is fun to play with no matter what size it is.

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Tamsyn

My name is Tamsyn and I love music. I got my bachelorโ€™s degree in vocal performance from USU. I spent many years teaching private piano lessons until I had children of my own. I have attended several children workshops on how to teach children music. I really like the Kodaly method, but have adapted a lot of different techniques for my own children.

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  1. I need to wait a bit longer before I buy things! Lol I literally just bought scarves like these about 2 weeks ago! I’m leading primary music again and also lead nursery. Busy Sunday’s!! I bought the scarves to try out with my nursery kids, but if I win this set then I could introduce them to my primary kids too! Endless fun and learning!

  2. Activity Scarfs look like so much fun, definitely a great way to get the littles moving! I homeschool my 7, 3, and 2 year old and this would definitely be an activity they would enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. My 7 yr old niece is in a dance class so she loves to dance. She loves to listen to her kidz bop cd and dance all around. I know she would love this scarf. Thank you for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. These scarves always add valuable play during storytime at the library. My little ones would surely appreciate using these during their song and dance escapades at home!

  5. Oh these are great. My son is severely learning disabled and I could see this being a great thing to donate to his classroom.

  6. The scarves that I use daily at library storytime are looking a bit ratty. I’d love to win some new ones!

  7. I never thought of dancing with scarves. It looks like fun! Thanks for sharing, kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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