If there is one social and emotional activity that builds brain connections in the brains emotional Limbic System, it’s got to be scarf play.
Scarf play is peek-a-boo or singing while using scarf movement.
I recommend scarf play for parents with newborn to crawling age babies.
- Builds confidence in language and communication skills.
- Teaches problem solving.
- Cognitive development.
- Babies will look for social cues.
- Interactive emotional development: “There’s my mummy!”
- Object permanence: Something is there even though I can’t see it.
- Can help to reduce the risk of separation anxiety.
If you want to extend your baby further involve other family members and make a game of it. This will also build family connections and support emotional development.
Songs You Can Sing:
- Here is the sea, the wavy sea. Here is a boat; and here is me. And all the fishy’s way down below, wriggle their tails; and away, they go.
- The fish in the sea go swish swish swish. Swish swish swish, swish swish swish. The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish. All day long (wheels on the bus tune – dolphins go round, round, waves go up and down, up and down).
- Or just drifting a scarf up and down saying “high” while it’s up in the air above their heads in a high pitched voice. Then “low” when the scarf floats over their face in a low tone voice.
Remember this is a bonding activity. Enjoy your little one and talk and smile to them. Watch their social cues and respond to them.
Written By: Sarah Courtney