Playing with scarves is a great tactile activity for kids of all ages! If you don’t already have some on hand, you can find them by searching for “movement scarves” or “juggling scarves.” Here are some ideas:
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- Play peek-a-boo. A baby favorite. Put the scarf on your head. Put it on her head. Either way = pure enjoyment.
- Let him touch it and compare the texture to other things in the room. Use lots of adjectives to describe how it feels.
- Wrap up an object in the scarf like a present and see if Baby can “unwrap” it.
- Play music and move the scarf to the beat.
Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Teach colors by putting colored scarves on your head and seeing the world in that color!
- Experiment with light and color by putting scarves over lamps or flashlights.
- Dance with scarves. This is a favorite activity in our house. Try different music to make fast movements or slow ones.
- Count the scarves. (kindergarten- Count to tell the number of objects)
- Make a letter with with scarf and see if your kiddo can name it. (kindergarten- Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters of the alphabet)
- Do the same with numbers.
- Play a game of hide and seek by taking turns hiding the scarves around the room.
- Practice throwing and catching with scarves. WAY easier (and safer for your living room) than balls.
- Throw the scarf into the air and see how many (jumping jacks, claps, etc.) they can do before it hits the ground.
- Combine primary colors to show the secondary color. This doesn’t work as well as paint, but it’s fun to try.
- Get creative and make a picture with the scarves!
- Ask some math questions. How many more blue scarves than red? Will the scarves divide equally between two people?
- Be a fashion designer. Make dresses, skirts, shirts, and hats using the scarves. Then have a fashion show.
- Teach your kids to juggle! Scarves are perfect for beginners.
- Practice spelling and reading by making sight words out of scarves. This is more difficult than it looks!