Scarf Dancing

Allow your child to explore movement and dance!

For this Activity you will need:

  • Scarves
  1. Show your child the scarves. Let her feel each one, and say: "What does it feel like? What does it make your think of? Which one is your favorite?"
  2. Show your child how you can twirl and move the scarf above your head or next to you. Explain that when you move the scarf in this way you are doing a "scarf dance." Ask your child if she would like to do a scarf dance.
  3. Encourage her to move her scarf in lots of different ways. Ask her if she can move it slowly, quickly, or in circles.
  4. As she is dancing with the scarf, talk about what you see her doing. You might say, "Look, you twirled the scarf over your head and in a circle. I like that. Can you do it again?"
  5. After she has spent time moving with the scarf, ask her what was her favorite part of the dance. Encourage her to think about what movements she thought looked nice. State: "What did you like the best about the scarf dance? Why?"
  6. Ask your child if she would like to dance with two scarves. Encourage your child to dance with one scarf in each hand. Ask her to sing a song while she dances.


Next Steps/Follow-Up:
  • Play your child’s favorite music and ask your child to make up a scarf dance to go with the song.
  • Dance with your child to different kinds of music, such as classical, jazz, pop and country.
  • Have your child dance-out different feelings, such as silly, angry, lonely or happy. You might say, "Can you make up a dance that shows me you are feeling happy? What about one that shows me you are feeling lonely?"
  • Have your child do animal dances. First, help your child choose an animal. Then, talk about how that animal moves. For example if your child chooses a bunny, talk about how bunnies hop and ask your child to create a bunny dance that has hopping in it.

Background Information:

The arts involve:

  • Trying different arts activities, such as dancing, singing, acting, painting and drawing.
  • Asking questions about and looking for new ways to dance, make music, act or create art.
  • Using different art materials, such as puppets, costumes, instruments, paint, glue, scissors and crayons.
  • Showing an interest in other children’s art activities.

When your child starts school, she will be more likely to do well if she is able to do these things.


You can help your child develop skills in the arts by doing this activity.

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