Using Scarves with Stories

Scarf storytime

Scarves are one of my favorite manipulatives to use in storytime (Future Librarian Superhero loves them, too!). In addition to using them with music and freeze songs, you can use them with books in a variety of ways:

  • Matching colors: In stories such as Dog’s Colorful Day, The Day the Crayons Quit, Freight Train, and Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig, you can hand out scarves before you begin reading. When a color comes up, give all the children with a green scarf a turn to come into the center of your circle and act out the story.
  • Body awareness: In stories such as From Head to Toe and Itsy Bitsy Spider (the Keith Chapman version), you can ask children to place the scarf on the body part of each page layout.
  • Stretching it: Using scarves to spruce up classics is a great idea. You can match up scarf colors to animal cages in Good Night Gorilla. When the gorilla gets out of his cage, have the children with orange scarves tip toe around the room like a gorilla would.
    Gorilla: orange
    Elephant: pink
    Lion: blue
    Giraffe: green
    Hyena: yellow
    Armadillo: purple
    You can also match up monsters to scarf colors in If You’re a Monster and You Know It. When the pink monster snorts and growls, have the children holding pink scarves stand up and show off.
    Pink: snort and growl
    Yellow: smack claws
    Blue: stomp paws
    Red: twitch tail
    Green: wiggle warts
    Orange: give a roar

Here’s a video with a couple extra tips with using scarves and stories:

What did I miss?

For more ideas on flannels and storytime, check out Read, Rhyme and Sing. She’s hosting Flannel Friday this week!

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