Last spring my colleague, Tess Prendergast, let me borrow her collection of storytime scarves to use with my preschool storytime group. They were such a hit that I knew I wanted to film some scarf songs for Jbrary. The great thing about scarves is that you can use them with any age – babies, toddlers, preschoolers, even school age kids. If you’ve never tried using scarves with kids before, these videos are a great introduction. You can also follow our scarf playlist or Pinterest board to see new videos as we make them.
1. Popcorn Kernels
We learned this song from Anna at Future Librarian Superhero. The kids absolutely love throwing their scarves in the air, so I’m always looking for songs that incorporate this movement.
2. We Wave Our Scarves Together
Dana learned this song at a Mother Goose training, and I think it’s the perfect combination of a classic tune and a variety of actions (throwing, shaking, waving).
3. Little Bo Peep
I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more nursery rhymes in storytime. I usually do this rhyme 3-4 times with the kids and we hide the scarves in different pieces of clothing.
4. Jack in the Box
Short and sweet, and especially great for toddlers.
5. One Bright Scarf
We learned this one from Loons and Quines. It works great with preschoolers and even K-1 students.
6. Scarf Songs with Stephenee
Sacramento, represent! Imagine my delight when I found a video made by my hometown public library about how to use scarves in storytime.
7. Scarf Song byJAMaROO Kids
JAMaROO Kids is an educational organization based out of San Francisco. They’ve got a great YouTube channel that has lots of ideas Children’s Librarians can adapt and use in storytime. Here’s a scarf song that includes some STEAM teachable moments.
For even more ideas, please check out these wonderful resources:
- Using Props in Storytime: Scarves by Getting Giggles
- Des Colores: Scarf Fun With the Toddlers by Story Time with Library Lady
- Magic Scarves by Rhyme Time
- Using Scarves in Rhymetime by Loons and Quines @ Librarytime
- Scarves in Storytime by Storytime Kids
- Storytime Scarf Love by Future Librarian Superhero
- Scarf Songs by Preschool Express
- Baby Storytime Scarf Activity by LibrErin
- Baby Storytime – Scarves! by Anne’s Library Life
- Early Literacy Storytime: Scarves and Letters by Mel’s Desk