Movement: Silk Scarves Lesson Plan — Move, Learn and Play
The following lesson plan is a personal favorite of mine, with a simple yet impactful lesson on perspective at the very beginning, the remainder of the class focuses on movement, co-ordination, teamwork, and FUN! This class is great for younger or developmentally delayed children as colors and shapes come into play to support kinesthetic learning.
Suggested Playlist: Rainbow Playlist (PDF Attached Below)
Props: Silk Scarves (Professional juggling scarves move fluidly, however colorful pieces of fabric such as silk, tulle, bandanas or even Kleenex work)
Silk Scarves Lesson Plan — Move, Learn and Play
Philosophy: Hold scarf in front of face, ask each child to look at something in the room (wall, a chair or cabinet etc.) and ask each child what they see to ascertain you are all looking at the same thing. Once this is established ask, “What color is it?”. Each child will be looking through the unique lens of their colored scarf, some will say it is green, some blue, some red and so on.
“Wait a minute?! I thought we were all looking at the chair! But you said it is blue, you said it is red….” …. “are we really looking at the same thing?” Wait a beat before asking, “So, who is right?”
Different responses will come up — “Me”, “Nobody” etc…
Yours should be something along the lines of, “We all are, because we are seeing it through our own eyes (Lens, point of view — depending on age). And that’s okay.”
Play around and switch scarves to give children the opportunity to look through other kids’ scarves/perspectives. Overlap scarves to make different colors and points of view as well.
This visual is a simple demonstration to show children that we often see things through our own unique lens and may see the same thing very differently… and that this is OKAY. You do not need to dwell on it, the demonstration is effective enough to plant the seed, move straight on in to playing with the scarf as instructed below rather than turning it in to a boring lecture.
Breathing: Explore different breaths to move your scarf – Make it move gently but blowing softly, blow it hard so it flies high! Move it by only using breath from the nose (See flying Flag Breath – Under Breathing Techniques in this blog).
Shapes – spread scarf on floor in front of child – it’s a square! What happens when we fold it on half? A Rectangle! Return to square and turn 1/4. What shape is it? A diamond! What Return to square and fold in one half corner to corner? A triangle! What if we fold this in half? Another Triangle! And again, and again….
Fold triangle over and over to tiniest size and then ball up and toss in air. Breathe in, tossing it up, relax the body and exhale as the scarf gracefully lowers. (Make body feel as relaxed as the floating scarf).
Movement Warm Up:
Toss and catch scarf to self.
Toss in air and keep it from falling on ground.
Throw behind back and catch.
Stand on one foot – throw behind back and catch.
Stand on one foot – throw behind neck and catch.
Stand on one foot – thread under leg and catch.
JOIN ALL THREE – throw behind the neck, waist then loop under leg.
Go in reverse – loop under leg, around waist then neck.
Go in both directions – neck, waist, leg, leg, waist neck.
Repeat other side.
Scissor leg and thread scarf over and under legs as they move. Go FAST. Go SLOW.
Warm Up and Movement Games
Mirroring – Teacher Lead
Mirroring – in pairs or each child take a turn leading entire group.
Freeze dance with scarves.
Partner up and try tossing scarf to one another – naming color as you catch it.
Mindfulness/Meditation: Slowly lower onto mats making body as floaty and light as a silk scarf. Imagine floating like the silk scarf. Imagine what color your silk scarf would be.
Closing: While children are relaxing teacher ties scarves together to make a rainbow circle –RED.ORANGE.YELLOW.GREEN.BLUE.PURPLE.PINK – children sit inside circle and make rainbow by rubbing hands together to mix imaginary paint — encourage creativity, and allow children to choose any color they wish, not just traditional rainbow colors but all colors and sparkles too!
Rubbing hands and inhaling to a count of three, on an exhale reach arms overhead and “paint” a rainbow shape over head by circling the hands/arms out and down. Repeat x 3 then encourage children to gaze up and “see” the beautiful rainbow they created together.