I was sitting in my kitchen one day, brainstorming a post about activities for kids using streamers or scarves, when our inbox beeped with a new message from Janet at Bear Paw Creek, a company that makes movement props for kids.
Now I’m not positive about this, but in addition to making awesome and creative movement props for kids, I think Janet may also be a mind-reader because in her email, she was offering to send us a set of her chiffon scarf streamers!
Bear Paw Creek makes a whole bunch of really cool movement props for kids, including streamers, bean bags, jingle bells you wear on your wrist, and a big stretchy band that a big group of kids can all play with together.
The Bear Paw Creek streamers are sewn to a sturdy rubber ring and are a great way to grab kids’ attention and draw them in to participate in movement activities. The streamers come in two different styles (one with chiffon scarves and one with ribbons) and tons of color options and they are the perfect prop for lots of movement fun!
With a little imagination, your streamers can become the centerpiece for a million awesome movement activities for kids.
Here are 6 fun activities to try with your streamers and a little music to go with each! A quick run-through of these activities for kids will target tons of developmental skills including: coordination, motor control, spatial awareness, and direction-following.
Pairing each activity with the suggested songs below will give kids cues about regulating the force and speed of their movements (e.g. the first song inspires slow and heavy movement like an elephant, the second song is quicker, like a galloping pony).
1 – ELEPHANT’S TRUNK – Show kids how to hold the streamers up to their noses to look like an elephant while stomping around the room to this song:
2 – PONY TAIL – Have kids hold their streamers behind them at their lower backs and gallop around the room pretending to be ponies!
3 – HELICOPTER- This time, show kids how to hold their streamers up high above their heads, swinging them around like a helicopter along with the song!
4 – POP GOES THE WEASEL – This is a great one for teaching impulse control and timing. During the lead-in part of the song, have kids hold their streamers in a ball with both hands. When the big moment comes (POP! Goes the weasel!), have them throw their streamers up into the air and then catch them. Repeat!
5 – BUMBLEBEE – Have kids grasp streamers (one end in each hand) on either side of their bodies, like wings! Tell them to hold their streamers like this, flapping their arms a little, and running around the room like bumblebees! Try our Baby Bumblebee activity for even more fun!
6 – TAKE A NAP – Whew! Those kids must be beat after all that moving and shaking! Play the song below and have kids stretch out on the floor, laying their streamers over their bodies like a blanket!
Thanks so much to Janet for the awesome streamers! Be sure to visit the Bear Paw Creek website to read more about this and other great movement props for your home or classroom! You can keep up to date on their latest product offerings and updates by following Bear Paw Creek on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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