Scarves are an essential part of a Zumbini class every week not just for our games of peek-a-boo, they are one of the tools we use to teach many different concepts while having a ton of fun! Scarves are lightweight, easy to move through the air, provide a great hiding spot, and can always make someone smile!One of the reasons I love scarves is how these little pieces of fabric can teach social and emotional skills. Over the years I have found that some children are very shy at the beginning of a class, rather watch than participate in the first few songs.
This change can be from focusing on manipulating this object that has so many open-ended ways to play. Maybe they enjoy watching the colors move. Whatever the reason, it is clear to see they have more confidence, they are ready to enter play in a group, and they feel secure enough to participate. These are huge steps in young children’s development!
But when the scarves come out, these same children who were shy are now excited to start moving around, swinging the scarf, and participating with their peers!