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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.

 

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Children’s Circle Time Train Themed Music Movement Children’s Books

Children’s Circle Time Train Themed Music Movement Do you have a child that loves trains?  I have always had a special love of trains that started with my Dad’s Lionel train set he would set up in our basement.  I also enjoyed going to train …

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Arts integration is an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM

Why Arts Integration?

Why Arts Integration? Have you heard about Arts integration?  It’s “all the rage” these days.  So what’s all the fuss about?  Before we get into the deets, let’s talk about what arts integration is. The Kennedy Center’s CETA Program (Changing Education Through the Arts) has …

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Children's Music and Movement Activities for Valentines Day from Bear Paw Creek Music and Movement Products

Children’s Music and Movement Activities for Valentines Day

Children’s Music and Movement Activities for Valentines Day Valentine’s Day inspires many different children’s music and movement activities ideal for the classroom and at home. With the nature of the holiday being love and kindness, this presents the perfect opportunity to share some love in …

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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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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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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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Unique Music Games Activities Community Bear Paw Creek Back To School Distance Learning

Annual Back to School Sale and Giveaway Movement Music Literacy Also Great for Distance Learning

Annual Back to School Sale and Giveaway Bear Paw Creek is excited to announce it’s 8th annual back to school sale and giveaway! This year is looking to be different for getting back to school and the arts seem to under fire.  We collaborated with …

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