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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.

 

Dr. Robert Amchin Orff Method Stretchy Band Music Education Teachers

Robert Amchin and the Stretchy Band

Dr. Robert Amchin Showcases the Stretchy Band, Creative Movement, Orff Method I’m always on the look for music and movement activities to share with you and a few years ago I came across a video by  Dr. Robert Amchin with the stretchy band.  Since that …

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Let’s Play Music Singable Books and More

Let’s Play Music Singable Books and More A few months ago Shelle Soelberg from Let’s Play Music said…hey let’s do a giveaway in February together! The result? This giveaway that includes literacy activities for preschoolers, music, and new wipeable bean bags. Below, I’ll share more …

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Stretchy Band Music Movement Activities with Ed Barry’s Rowing Down the Stream

Stretchy Band Music Movement Activities A few months ago, Ed Barry, from Songs by Ed reached out to share a new song he had written, “Rowing Down the Stream.”  He thought it might be a good fit to use with our creative movement props.  As …

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Beyond Online Music Learning: Recent Interviews Indicate That Props Can Enhance Fun and Facilitate Personal Connection in the Virtual Learning Environment

Online music learners can connect with each other and have more fun when they use props.

Safe Music and Movement Activities for Early Childhood Teacher Groups

Safe Music and Movement Activities for Groups

Safe Music and Movement Activities for Groups We ALL Need to Move! Ohhh, as I sit here I’m kind of freezing and feeling a bit cooped up. And I’m thinking about all of the kids in our classrooms (and their teachers.) Really at this time …

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Jingle Bells and Snow Music Games Activities

Jingle Bells and Snow Music Games Activities One of our bright rays of light during 2020 was the birth of our ninth child!  Our little one just turned six months old and one of her favorite songs has been “One Horse Open Sleigh/Jingle Bells.” She …

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Personal Student Kits for Music Distance Learning

Personal Student Kits for Music Distance Learning Bear Paw Creek’s personal student kits offer creative movement props and music instruments sets for distance learning or in person sessions.  During this difficult time of Covid19, we have been grateful to collaborate with music therapists, teachers, and …

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5 Best Toddler Activities Props For Groups

5 Best Toddler Activities Props For Groups What are the best props for group activities for toddlers? Toddler activities props can make or break any group setting whether it be circle time, movement class, creative dance, or a playgroup. Being ready with the right props …

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Mindfully Using Music, Movement and Manipulatives

Mindfully Using Music, Movement and Manipulatives There are so many fun ‘things’ to use when doing music and movement.  It is one of the reasons I love being a music teacher.  Anyone who works with children should use these tools.  Although it looks like just …

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