8 Ways to Use Scarves in the Classroom

8 Ways to Use Scarves in the Classroom

I love scarf activities! I think it’s the colors and the movement that reminds me of flying kites in the park with my dad when I was a kid. I like to use scarves as part of my music class lessons, extension activities, and I put my scarf activity cards in the Sub Tub. I’ve written a lot about using creative movement activities in the music classroom to support learning goals. Here are 8 ways to use scarves in the classroom.

This blog post is part of a series of Creative Movement articles and a BLOG POST GIVEAWAY! APRIL 2018

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8 WAYS TO USE SCARVES?

Yes! Creative movement is the top way to keep your students engaged. Why not hand them a scarf as they walk into your classroom?

DON’T KNOW WHAT TO TO WITH THEM?

THE KIDS ARE OUT OF CONTROL?

WHY BOTHER?

Yes- these are GOOD questions and REAL problems. And I’ve had them too!

Still, I’m always amazed by the fact that the children are truly fascinated by a piece of sheer fabric. As soon as I hand them out, students begin to fold, roll, and wave the bright shiny scarves. They love the colors, the texture and the fact that you can see through them. I myself remember being in awe of any fabric that glittered or was sheer or silky.  I also know that Preschool, P.E. , Special Needs and Music teachers love to use them in their classrooms. So I came up with a list of twelve creative ways to use scarves in the classroom.

EVERYONE CAN USE THEM!

And that’s why there’s a FREE SCARF ACTIVITY RESOURCE for subscribers to the FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY.

It’s true-every teacher in the preschool and elementary setting could use scarves to help their kinesthetic (physically active) learners.

Keep reading to get the FREE SCARF ACTIVITIES BOOKLET.

Scarves can be used in so many fun ways to enhance your creative movement activities and make your lessons more interactive. Scarves can be used in any classroom.  Music, P.E., Drama, Preschool, Elementary Classroom, Special Needs, Reading and other specialty classrooms will benefit from using scarves.

WANT TO KNOW WHY?

You’ll want to read my CREATIVE MOVEMENT BLOG POST LINK

Because I explain in detail why creative movement is so important to student learning.

And-

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

– is a natural way for children to respond to music.

-is how many children learn.

-makes aural sound more real.

Here are some more reasons why scarf activities are important to incorporate into your music, movement and literacy activities.

When children make BIG movements with arms and legs, they are encouraging the development of gross motor skills.

Children are more apt to follow directions when they SEE and HEAR directions.

Children develop good reading skills with CROSS BODY MOVEMENT.

Children develop the ability to form letters and shapes and understand directional concepts.

Movement encourages artistic and creative thinking.

NOW WHAT?

You may be looking for creative and diverse ways to use the tools and props you have on hand in your classroom. That’s why I’ve been compiling a list of Fun Scarf activities you can use in your music class.

That’s a lot of information and how does it apply to your classroom?

I’m naturally inclined to use creative movement-but if you struggle with it-or don’t know how to integrate it with your current curriculum, keep reading to find some great tips.

And, you’ll want to read the blog posts on:

CREATIVE MOVMENT:

5 Ways to Use Bean Bags

Creative Ways to Teach the Steady Beat

Stretchy Bands

10 Parachute Activities

JUST THINK! These are FREE tools and activities you can use in your classroom TOMORROW.

And if you SUBSCRIBE to the FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY you’ll find PARACHUTE, SCARVES, BEAN BAG and STRETCHY BAND Activities.

Let’s Get to the 8 WAYS TO USE SCARVES IN THE CLASSROOM (and the FREE RESOURCE)

1.USE SCARVES IN A MOVEMENT ACTIVITY

I feel it’s important that my students are listening to Classical music as much as possible. I love watching their faces-the surprise- when I play it for activities. One way to use scarves is with classical music. It’s such a great way for them to have the experience of listening and moving which will make it more memorable because you are giving them opportunities to listen and move at the same time.

SWISHING

Swishing is a great cross-body movement action. How about swishing like: windshield wipers, washing windows, clock pendulums, steady beat movement. Or, showing “side to side”, “here and there”, “me and you”.

WAVING and MARCHING

I love Patriotic Music and scarves are perfect for students to wave around as they sing, move and/or listen to John Phillips Sousa Marching band music. This is a complete playlist of music to march and move.

 

IMITATE NATURE: BEES-BIRDS-BUTTERFLIES

Rimsky-Korsakov “Flight of the Bumble Bee”

RAINBOWS

Make a rainbow to show the benefit of working together. This activity pairs nicely with songs like; “Sing a Rainbow”

“Over the Rainbow”
The official Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo?ole

MOVEMENTS- The FREE SCARF MOVEMENT RESOURCE has 15 movement cards and 10 activity ideas you can use with your own musical selections. When you Subscribe you can have it for free.

DROP THE SCARF GAME
This is a traditional game song from China. Lovely dancing and how to play the game.

And of course, there’s the traditional chasing, relay and passing games like;
HOT POTATO
DUCK, DUCK GOOSE
DOGGIE, DOGGIE WHERE’S YOUR BONE
RELAY GAMES

2- USE SCARVES FOR MUSIC LESSONS

Some of the lessons that I’ve found work well for scarf activities are:  TIMBRE, TEMPO AND EXPRESSION. Think loud/Soft, Fast/slow, Long/Short, Happy/Sad, Thick/Thin.

Use to demonstrate HIGH/LOW.  I like to get out the scarves when we do vocal explorations in our music class. The students love to move their scarves up and down to demonstrate High and Low.

Use to demonstrate LOUD/SOFT.  How about using scarves with your Peter and the Wolf Lessons?

Use to demonstrate TEMPO. Pretend play is an excellent way to get your preschool through second graders to understand and show music concepts. How about pretending the scarves are rabbits and turtles (fast and slow) and have them move to the music. When the music is slow, the turtle scarves move, when the music is fast the rabbit scarves move. You could ask students to move with their scarves or have them do the activity sitting on the floor. Ask the students to come up with their own animal “TEMPO” and have them share with their scarves.

Use to demonstrate FAST/SLOW.  Pretend to be “BEES” to teach Fast/Allegro  “Flight Of The Bumble Bee”, Rimsky Korsakov  and “Carnival of the Animals” Camille Saint Saens.

Here are some of my favorite classical pieces.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RESOURCES  I’ve create a YouTube Playlist! CLICK THIS LINK TO GO TO YOUTUBE-

Wedding March, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Mendelssohn- flowing and swishing moves

The Comedians Gallop, Dmitry Kabalevsky- jumping-hopping moves

You can find more of these songs on Youtube or the sound files on Amazon.com

Peer Gynt “Morning Mood”, Edvard Grieg for calming down-

The Nutcracker-March- Marching and Follow the Leader

Mozart-The Magic Flute- Quick-short movements

The Marriage of Figaro (selections)- Fast walking or arms waving

Beethoven-Symphony #9 Big swishing, zig zagging, circles, waving moves
(Leonard Bernstein)

Tchaikovsky-Swan Lake Op. 20 – 10

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker – Act 2: Waltz Of The Flowers Bouncing- little movement

Broomsticks and Fire, Alexandre Desplat (Harry Potter Movie) Tossing, waving, circle movement

(I like to be transparent so-If you click on the links-I do get a small kickback if you purchase something)

Just click here to find all of these music selections.
or
Classical Music Amazon Link

In the Free Resource you’ll find movement cards with activity ideas that you can use in your music classroom.

3-USE SCARVES FOR STORY TIME AND DRAMA

Have the students hold their scarves in one hand and then hold the scarf of the student in front of them to make a chain. Perfect for train songs and activities and teaching students how to walk in line.

Make puppets out of the scarves by scrunching them together with a little puff sticking out the top for the “head” of the character. Let students create or act out stories with their puppets.

Use the scarves as costumes and props. Allow students to wrap scarves as capes, skirts, belts, crowns

Use scarves with smartboard or big screen activities. Ask students to use their scarves to follow the words across the screen.

Use with any literacy songs or stories and have students bounce on the words as they read and/or sing them.

Use the scarves as part of the scenery, props and costumes in a play.

Wind- blue scarves moving up and down.

Water- Two students holding each end of blue scarves wiggling across the floor.

Mountains and buildings-Brown scarves

Animals- use more similar colors

Rain and Snow- Tossing scarves across the stage.

Use the costume ideas and props ideas from the literacy section.

4- USE SCARVES FOR PERFORMING

Create movement patterns using the scarves, for each section of a song that your group is performing.

A SECTION-  SWISHING OVERHEAD

B SECTION- BOUNCING FROM SIDE TO SIDE

C SECTION- HOLD THE SCARF IN TWO HANDS WITH THE SCARF STRETCHED BETWEEN TWO HANDS. MOVE UP/DOWN AND SIDE TO SIDE ON THE BEAT OF THE MUSIC.

(OR, LET STUDENTS CHOOSE A MOVE)

5-USE SCARVES FOR CONNECTING MATH AND READING TO MUSIC

Directional moves incorporate patterns that will have students moving across the mid-line of the body, from left to right (like reading) and tracing numbers and shapes.  And using scarves to tell stories is a fantastic way to keep students actively learning.

You might want to look at my SCARF VIDEO RESOURCE that specifically connects MATH and MUSIC with MOVEMENT.

Creative Movement: Scarf and Ribbon Video, Math Directional, Shapes & Numbers

Students love to count along with the video and name the shapes as they draw them in the air with their scarves.

6- USE SCARVES FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

Why not use a scarf to conduct your younger aged students?  Let students take turns using a scarf to “lead” the group in songs the class is working on for a program.  Use a scarf as a “silent cue” to let students know that you need their attention, it’s time to clean up, it’s time to link up, it’s time to change stations.

Make a rainbow to show the benefit of working together. This activity pairs nicely with songs like; “Sing a Rainbow”

7- USE SCARVES FOR ORGANIZING

Pass out the scarves and then group your students by color.

Allow them to tie the scarves loosely on their wrists or around the waist to keep track of teams.

Use the scarves to organize stations and activities.

8-USE SCARVES FOR QUIET TIME

This tip is to help those students who have difficulty holding still and being quiet. Try giving them a scarf and have them play with it during “quiet time”. Use quiet music and allow NO TALKING. You can take the scarf away if it doesn’t work for them.

Over at Bear Paw Creek you can read more ideas on how to use Scarves in your classroom.

OVERWHELMED?

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Choose 1 way that really resonates with you and go with it. Later you’ll find that you will integrate more movement activities with scarves that fit your teaching style.

  I really want MORE TEACHERS to use CREATIVE MOVEMENT in their classrooms. I KNOW that they will help their students by getting their students moving!

I’d love to hear how you’ve used any of the eight ways to use scarves in the classroom.

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