Using scarves in sensory play provides both textural and visual stimulation. They are a great resource to have and can be used in so many different ways. Here are 5 of my favourite ways to play with them...
⭐ Play peek-a-boo - hide your face with the scarf, then as you take it away say "Peekaboo". Repeat this hiding baby's face. As baby gets older they will begin to copy themselves. This game can be played with Teddies by hiding their face and also other toys too.
⭐Dance with the scarves, listen to some music and encourage your child to move along. Sway slowly, move quickly, reach up high, reach down low, wave side to side.
⭐Cover different items with your scarf and ask your child to guess what is underneath. What can they feel? Does the item have smell?
⭐Thread scarves through different household items - kitchen roll tubes, funnels, washing basket holes and encourage children to develop their problem solving skills as well as their fine motor skills by pulling them out.
⭐Tie scarves loosely to each other and challenge your child to undo them. Repeat the activity in reverse, can they knot the scarves together?
I find lightweight, translucent scarves like these ones here to be the best for play. They aren't too heavy to manipulate and move and most children do not mind putting them over their face as they can still see though them.
Have you used scarves in your play before? Let me know in the comments.
*Always supervise your child when using a scarf, risk of suffocation and strangulation.