Scarves Galore!

The way you measure a society’s soul is by the way that it treats its children.
Nelson Mandela

Kidz Newz no. 153 – 15 June 2016

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Scarves Galore!

I’m sure by now you will all be well aware of my obsession with scarves. I can’t get enough of them and think they are the most wonderful pieces of equipment you can ever possess because they are so versatile. I presented on scarves at the recent EYES conference in Perth and often include snippets on scarves in other presentations. Because I’ve been doing quite a few presentations lately, I have been very surprised that many people are discovering their versatility for the first time. Most people have them in their cupboards at school but don’t really use them very much or at all. I think I’ve changed that for them. I have also been surprised that people are not aware that a scarf to be used with children needs to be square. When we think of scarves as fashion items they are very long and rectangular, allowing for them to be draped around the neck. Scarves for use with children are an entirely different kettle of fish. I have written on the topic before (see article #4).

Having just re-read it, I would be repeating myself here as it is quite a comprehensive article. I recommend you take a look now for ideas on what to do with scarves. That’s assuming you don’t have a copy of Scarf Magic, which is 40 pages of ideas on how to use scarves with children. It is fully illustrated and comes with a DVD and 2 scarves.

The main point is that you are engaging the children so much more magnificently when the scarves are brightly-coloured and patterned and look shiny and feel cool as in polyester or polyester-silk. Most importantly, elicit from the children what they can see on their scarves. For example, they might say ‘giraffes’. Ask them how many. Ask them what else is on the scarf. And so on. Discuss the patterns, if that’s what’s on the scarf. Ask them how it feels when they touch it. What does it remind you of? Does it feel different if you hold it against your cheek? Perhaps comment on the colour. What else is that colour? On the scarf I use for teaching, the sky is pink. You could discuss that with the class. What colour is the sky? If they think it’s wrong to have a pink sky, you can then go into a mini science lesson on when we see a pink sky and maybe teach them the rhyme – Pink sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning, pink sky at night, shepherds’ delight.  Of course, explain the meaning. The flimsy chiffon scarves are quite limited to throwing and catching. If you use the robust scarves that I do you can achieve so many more outcomes including language and maths. Add music and your lessons are irresistible! Imagine then leading onto a lesson in art, drawing or writing, or even creative dance. What will ensue could amaze you.

I am fortunate that now I don’t have to send people to the local charity shops to buy scarves, which is where I sourced mine originally and it took years to accumulate enough. Not only that, I have the control over exactly which patterns and colours I buy as teachers tell me which ones they (and the children) love – the cats are the favourites but the giraffes and the elephants and the rocking horses are also now becoming hits. I have changed my source so have been able to reduce the price which I can now pass on to you. Check out the EOFY specials below if you are looking for some.

Whatever you do, use scarves regularly with your children. Just vary the activities and the music. They will be begging you for more.

End of Financial Year Specials

Scarves (of course!) – A Bag of 20 (60 cm) scarves including one teacher’s scarf (90 cm) usually $154.00. I have only 4 bags left at $137.50 including GST. SAVE $16.50.

If you have more than 20 children in your class, extra 60 cm scarves can be purchased for $5.00 each (normally $10.00 each).

Kidz-Fiz-Biz 2nd edition – learning through drama, dance and song – normally $85.00.
Kidz-Fiz-Biz Multicultural – learning about other cultures – normally $85.00
Buy both for $150.00 – SAVE $20.00

Scarf Magic (book, DVD & scarves) – normally $55.00 – NOW $27.50! SAVE $27.50 HALF PRICE!

Scarf Magic DVD – normally $27.50 – NOW $13.75 SAVE $13.75 HALF PRICE!

Teach Your Class to Learn book by Barbara Pheloung – normally $29.50 NOW $22.00 SAVE 25%

Playful Baby CD, Cheerful Baby CD, Sleepy Baby CD, Peaceful Baby CD – $29.50 each

BUY ALL 4 for $25.00 each! SAVE $18.00!

If you would like these specials please email me at so I can invoice you. Be quick! Offer ends 30th June. That’s two weeks!

Quotes of the Week

Share your wisdom.  It’s the way to achieve immortality.
– Dalai Lama

At some time in everyone’s life they will stumble across opportunity. Sadly, most people will pick themselves up and walk away as though nothing had ever happened.
Winston Churchill

The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. 
– John Burroughs

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.
Evan Esau


From the ANCOS conference Hobart Tasmania January 2016 –

What would you tell other people about this presentation? –

Good for pre-school teachers.
Good for younger children/classes. Thank you Marlene!
Beautiful approach. Very warm and encouraging. Thank you!
Good, solid ideas for E.Y. use.
It was useful if you work mainly with under 7’s.
I would have liked more time so you could demonstrate how you teach a lesson to kids (as opposed to adults) and in more depth. Thank you!
Easy, stimulating, safe.


Some tips for coping with stress (my favourite is no. 11) –

  1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  4. Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  8. Never buy a car you can’t push.
  9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
  13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  15. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
  16. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.
  17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 
  18. Save the earth … It’s the only planet with chocolate!
  19. Have a great day and know that someone has thought about you today.

About The Author

Marlene Rattigan B.A., Dip. Ed. (ECS), CELTA

Marlene Rattigan is an Early Childhood teacher, a teacher of English as a Second Language, and from 1987-2000 was a nationally accredited fitness leader. Her background is in music education. A keen interest in motor development in children led to the creation of Kidz-Fiz-Biz which she taught successfully for 13 years. Marlene also conducts workshops for children, teachers and parents at schools, in the community and at festivals. She has produced teaching manuals complete with audio CDs which are an extension of her ‘Kidz-Fiz-Biz’ program.

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