New Book and Creative Movement Scarf Set with Once Upon a Dance
We have collaborated with our friends at Once Upon a Dance to bring you a new book and creative movement scarf set. Kids will love dancing along with Tammy, Ballerina Konora, and their new friends in this sweet adventure that’s perfect for preschool, kindergarten kids, and classrooms.
Readers are invited to stretch, spin, jump and more as they act out the journey to find Tammy. Kids are invited to use a creative movement scarf as a backpack, a paddle, butterfly wings, a towel, and a pillow to enhance the fun and explore the movements, dance fundamentals, and early-learning concepts.
Keep reading to learn more about this new book and creative movement scarf set!
"Tammy the Troll: A Dance in the Forest" Children's Book by Once Upon a Dance
Tammy the Troll: A Dance in the Forest is the first book in a series of prop-based movement stories that take kids on an imaginative journey using objects such as parachutes, bean bags, cushions, or balloons. In Tammy the Troll: A Dance in the Forest, readers are invited to stretch, spin, jump and more as they act out the journey to find Tammy. This book uses scarves and instructs the kids to use it as a backpack, paddle, butterfly wings, a towel, and a pillow which enhances the fun and allows children to explore movements, dance fundamentals, and early-learning concepts.
The book and creative movement scarf set is ideal for ages 3-6. As you read through the book and kids move along with the diverse characters, they explore levels, direction, spatial awareness, emotions, balance, movement quality, and more. The movements and concepts you will find in the book are:
- Tiptoe • Forward Stretch • March • Squat • Spin • Crawl • Jumping Turn • Toe Tap • Flex/Point • Sashay/Chassé • Lifted Leg Side/Front • Bow/Curtsy • Roll • Twist
- Identifying Body Parts • Shoulder/Arm/Wrist/Finger/Neck Isolation • Direction: Forward/Backward/Sideways • Levels • Shapes • Movement Quality • Tactile Sensation • Cross Lateral Movement • Emotions • Following/Personal Space
Dance stories are a wonderful way to combine books and movement for kids who love both. Tammy the Trolls: A Dance in the Forest is perfect for dance class, creative movement play, physical education, or any setting where children are inspired to explore and express themselves. If you’re a caregiver, daycare provider, or teacher working with preschoolers, kindergarteners, or first-graders, your kids will love this active adventure. Tammy the Troll is a collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet instructor Dina McDermott, who used this story in her creative movement classes for decades.
Creative Movement Scarves
We always love finding music and books that fit well with our products and are so excited that Tammy the Troll encourages participation with creative movement scarves throughout the entire book. Our brightly colored chiffon scarves provide visual and kinesthetic reinforcement as they move through space with beautiful and flowing movement. They can help reinforce concepts of shape, size, colors, space, and also encourage active participation and hands on learning.
A few of the skills the book explores while using creative movement scarves are:
- Spatial Awareness
- Listening Skills
- Hand-eye coordination
Scarf play is also a wonderful sensory activity that can benefit children of all ages and even adults. Swaying scarves along with music can encourage self-regulations skills while tossing scarves back-and-forth helps in the development of fine motor skills. Using creative movement scarves to hide objects helps develop focus and memory skills. Using scarves while dancing and following cues enhances listening skills. Creative movement scarves are an open-ended tool of infinite possibilities, limited only by the user’s imagination!
Book and Creative Movement Scarf Set
The book and creative movement scarf set combines all of the wonderful activities and learning opportunities in Tammy the Troll with all of the benefits of creative movement scarves into one literacy and movement bundle.
You can click here to check out the book and creative movement scarf set. To celebrate, it's on sale for a limited time!
If you're a teacher with a large class size or a parent with multiple children and need more than the two scarves in the kit, you can order more individual scarves to fit your needs here. You can stick with the purple and green provided in the kit or, you can get creative by expanding your scarf colors with the many options we have available.
Be sure to check out Once Upon a Dance and all of their other amazing creative movement stories. You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram as well to be notified when they release more books. If you use the book and creative movement scarf set with your children or students, be sure to tag us @bearpawcreek if you share any photos or videos. We would love to see the set in action!