A couple weeks ago, I brought our scarves outside on a breezy day. They ran with them for two minutes and then handed them back to me. I think it is easy to give up on a material if children don't seem interested. I was a little disappointed at first that they had already lost interest.
I tied one to the end of a stick and handed it to a smaller child who was playing alone. I didn't really know why. I just thought it would help him carry it without it dragging on the ground.
Within minutes of noticing him, the rest of the children were bringing me sticks and
asking for me to tie the scarves on.
The imaginary play that took place for the next thirty to forty minutes was priceless. They were knights, mermaids, fairy-capturers, and many other roles.
The best part though was that they were all playing as a group.
I realized that they needed a little nudge or suggestion on what to do and then they took it and let their imaginations run wild.
Here are some of the other ways that we have enjoyed these scarves in the past.