Janet Stephens

Our Blog on Creative Music and Movement Products

Since 2000, Bear Paw Creek has been designing and manufacturing creative movement props, bags and totes for instruments.  We hope our blog will inspire teachers, therapists, and parents as they seek to enrich the live  of others through music and movement.

 

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Music & Movement: Why We Dance in Circles

Music & Movement: Why We Dance in Circles In this blog post I share some observations about connecting through circles, and I reveal how my brain had a total DISconnect! Last week Kindermusik released a blog post entitled: Music & Movement: Why We Dance in …

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Cristal Garcia Drawstring Bag Organization Music Together Activity Director Music Educators

Cristal Garcia Classroom Organization with Drawstring Bags

Cristal Garcia Classroom Organization with Drawstring Bags From Cristal: “Janet from Bear Paw Creek just made this special Drawstring Bag order for me. Now all my props are organized by color, in these nice pack cloth (durable backpack material). I love the drawstring, as it …

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Colorful Rainbow Wrist Scrunchie Jingle Bells on Ribbons Music Together Early Childhood Teachers

Jingle Bells Wrist Scrunchie Movement Prop

Jingle Bells Wrist Scrunchie Movement Prop I had so much fun creating these jingle bells wrist scrunchies last Christmas.  Just the feel and sound of them set the stage for creative movement. Jingles on the Stretchy Band After the creation of them, I discovered another …

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Music and Brain Action Songs Lessons Music Therapy Tunes

Music Memories and Mewsic Moves Glee Choir

Music Memories and Mewsic Moves Glee Choir How did I get going on memory lane?  All because of John Mews of Mewsic Moves fabulous documentary of the glee choir he leads. Take a watch, be inspired, and find your voice! A Trip Down My Musical …

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Top Sensory Integration Activities Chiffon Nursing Home Fabric Wrist Scrunchie Rainbow Chiffon Streamers Let's Play Music

Music Therapy Props Wrist Streamers Review by Linda Jedrzejek, MT-BC, NMT

Music Therapy Props Wrist Streamers Review by Linda Jedrzejek, MT-BC, NMT I was so excited when Linda emailed me to say she was writing a blog post about our movement prop, rainbow wrist streamers. The blog post surpassed my expectations, and the video?  Bonus, bonus, …

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A Moving Child is a Learning Child Music Movement Let's Play Music

A Moving Child is a Learning Child Review

A Moving Child is a Learning Child Review Right before Christmas I stumbled across this video about a book written by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy called “A Moving Child is a Learning Child.”  I wanted to be sure to share this video and resource …

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Unique Action Songs Lessons Dynamic Movement Connect-a-Stretchy Band Miss Carole MacSoup Librarians

Stretchy Band Movement and Song Activity

Stretchy Band Movement and Song Activity I’m always looking for new movement and song ideas to go with our stretchy band and connect-a-stretchy band.  This song came to mind, and after a little fine tuning from my big sister, here it is! If You’re Happy …

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Stretchy Band Creative Movement Community Library Directors Review

Library Music and Movement Story Time

Library Music and Movement Story Time My first memory of going to the Hortonville, WI public library was for their story time.  (Thanks, Mom) I can remember walking through the doors, into the downstairs area and participating in their story time.  I have a clear …

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Affordable Organizational Tool Bandana Print Drawstring Bag in Four Sizes Music Therapy Parents

Drawstring Bag Organizing by Music Therapist Kathy Schumacher MT-BC

Drawstring Bag Organizing by Music Therapist Kathy Schumacher MT-BC Guest blog post by: Kathy Schumacher, MT-BC When I started my career as a music therapist, I didn’t even know what it meant to be an itinerant.  Apart from the official definition, what it really means …

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Ribbon Wrist Streamers Children's Librarians Circle Time Music Education Distance Learning

Wrist Streamers and Jingle Bells Music Therapy Props

Wrist Streamers and Jingle Bells Music Therapy Props I have been having fun revamping some old products and creating some new. In 2000, I started out making hoop streamers with ribbons. My sister requested that I try using chiffon scarf fabric, as she liked how …

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