15+ Scarf Activities for Children That Are Perfect for Rainy Days!

Before becoming a parent, if you had told me that a scarf 🧣would play an important role in your child’s development, then I’d have replied that you were lying. 

But now, I realize the potential a scarf 🧣has in strengthening my child’s fine motor skills, along with improving their spelling skills and coordination.  

Great Scarf Activities for Children

Scarf games and activities can be a lot of fun for really young children. Since a scarf 🧣is made from a fabric, it is a safe way to introduce your children to an array of new movements to strengthen their muscles, improve their coordination, and build confidence. 

In the following segment, I have listed an array of activities and exercises that you can do with your children using a scarf 🧣. 

Scarf Instruction Game 

Ask your toddler to hold a scarf 🧣in both of their hands and follow your movement. 

Start by asking them to raise their hands above their head, hold the scarf in front of them, and lower their hands below their waist. Increase the level of difficulty by coming up with unique positions, like holding the scarf 🧣 between their legs or waving it. 

Through this activity, you are promoting your child’s ability to listen and follow your instructions. 

Scarf Eye Tracking Activity for Babies 

This eye-tracking activity is perfect for babies 👶 as young as four months old. Lay your baby on their back and slowly move a colorful scarf 🧣 across their face. Move in different directions. 

This exercise is meant to develop your baby’s coordination and eye 👀 tracking. 

Stand Like This 

Did you know that exercises like standing on one foot 👣 and other balancing exercises reduce your child’s risk of falling? It is true! 

It is important for us to encourage our kids to take part in activities that promote good balance. Stand Like This is an iteration of a balancing activity in which you ask your child to balance a scarf 🧣on a part of their body while standing in weird positions. 

For instance, ask your child to balance a scarf on their head while they stand on one leg with their arms crossed. 

Scarf Tossing and Catching 

Improve your child’s hand-eye coordination with this simple scarf 🧣tossing and catching game. This game is a very safe way to improve these skills before introducing a ball. 

As they start to feel comfortable simply tossing and catching the scarf 🧣, increase the difficulty level by adding random movements like clapping three times, spinning, or jumping between each throw and catch. You can also ask them to toss with one hand and catch with another. 

Scarf Tug of War 

Once your child is able to sit up on their own, play tug of war with a scarf 🧣. Start the game by gently tugging at the scarf and ask them to pull the scarf 🧣in their direction. 

Go back and forth until they get the hang of the game and are able to regain their balance easily. Playing this game will help strengthen your child’s gross and fine motor skills and balance. 

Teach Your Child How to Tie-Dye a Scarf 

This step-by-step guide teaches your child how to tie-dye a scarf 🧣at home. My daughter was proud of her creation and wanted to wear it daily to school. 

What you need- 

Rubber bands, squeeze bottles, ziplock bags, dye powder, disposable plastic gloves, water, and a white scarf 🧣. 


  • Prewash the white scarf 🧣without using fabric softener. 
  • While the scarf is still damp, prep your dye by adding different colored dye powder in different squeeze powders and adding water to it. Close the bottle and shake the bottles. 
  • Lay the scarf 🧣 flat on your work surface. Start twisting the fabric from the center and tie rubber bands around the scarf at equal intervals. Make sure that the fabric is tightly wound. 
  • Apply the dye to the scarf 🧣as you please. Place the scarf in a ziplock bag at least overnight. 
  • Remove the rubber bands and wash them in a washing machine with cold water. Let the scarf 🧣 dry completely. 

Scarf Hammock for Toys 

When my children were little, I made them an adorable nook out of pillows and blankets. They love to go in there to read and hold secret meetings to plot against me. 

When my daughter recently asked me to make room for her stuffed 🧸animals inside this nook, I used an old scarf 🧣 and tied it wherever I could to make a hammock where all her toys could hang out. 

Chasing Scarf Game for Babies 

Improve your child’s concentration, balance, coordination, and gross motor skills with this adorable game. While your child is on their tummy, dangle a scarf 🧣in front of them and let them reach on to it. 

As they grow older and are able to crawl, dangle the scarf 🧣in front of them and move it around in different directions while they chase it. 

Scarf Skywriting 

Work on your child’s letter recognition and spelling skills with this fun activity. This activity will also help strengthen your child’s upper arm and shoulder muscles. 

Hand your child a scarf 🧣 and ask them to write their name in the air with it. You can also ask them to write other familiar words, along with the uppercase and lowercase alphabet 🔤. 

Scarf Mirroring Activities 

Give your children a scarf 🧣 each, and make them face one another. The designated leader child will move their scarf 🧣, and then the other child will have to replicate the same movement. 

Switch the leader after a few minutes and repeat the exercise. While mirroring activities seem very juvenile, they are actually extremely beneficial as they strengthen your child’s reflexes and response time. 

Pretend to Play with Scarf 

A scarf is a wonderful prop for pretend play. The scarf 🧣 can be fashioned into wings, a tail, a skirt, a superhero’s cape, and a kite, among other things. 

You can also encourage your child to use the scarf 🧣 to reenact a story or act out scenes from their favorite movie. Pretend play has many benefits for children, as it improves their communication skills, supports emotional and physical development, and develops their memory and problem-solving abilities. 

Scarf Music Tempo Game 

Tempo in music refers to the pace of the beats or the speed of a given composition. While introducing your children to music 🎶, tempo is oftentimes the very first thing we teach them. For instance, clapping or jumping on the beat. We can do the same thing with scarves as well. 

I like to play some music and ask my children to wave their scarves above their heads, in front of their bodies, and below their waist. 

So, when the music is upbeat, they must wave the scarf 🧣 vigorously above their head, and as it slows down, they lower their hands. You can also fashion the scarf 🧣into a small animal and ask your child to bounce it on the beat. 

Scarf Mandala DIY 

Mandalas refers to a design with an identifiable center point. Encourage your kids to make their own scarf 🧣with this mandala activity. 

What you need- 

A white scarf, fabric paint, paper plate, marker, kitchen sponge, and glue. 


  • Ask your child to draw a mandala with a marker on the back of a paper plate. 
  • Trace the mandala design with glue. Let the glue dry and reapply once again. 
  • Lay down the white scarf 🧣on your work surface. 
  • Apply paint to the back of the paper plate and stamp it on the scarf a couple of times. Let your child stamp the paper plate as they wish. 
  • While the design is drying, squirt different fabric paint on another paper plate and dip a kitchen sponge in it. Stamp this paint over the design. Once the paint has dried, the scarf 🧣 is ready to wear. 

Pro tip- Use dried acrylic paint instead of wet fabric paint because it is water-resistant and will not come off. 

Let’s Go Fishing 

Let’s Go Fishing is a fun pretend game where children stand in a circle and hold a scarf 🧣like a fishing pole. 

As each kid pretends to catch a fish 🐠, the adult leader will ask them questions like what fish they catch, how heavy it is, or what color it is.

Aerobic Exercises with a Scarf 

Ask your child to hold a scarf 🧣as if they were weights while taking part in aerobic exercises. 

Aerobic exercises are extremely beneficial for kids and adults alike as they strengthen our hearts and improve our lung capacity. It is also a great way to tire out your kids while you get some much-needed exercise. 

Scarf Relay Race 

Use a scarf 🧣 instead of a baton for a relay race. My kids absolutely love relay racing and had fun using a scarf. 


The scarf 🧣activities and games mentioned in this article will help you work on your infant, toddler, or preschooler’s fine motor and gross motor skills. Many of the activities are targeted towards helping your children maintain their balance and flex their reflexive muscles. 

Hopefully, you’ll find these activities helpful. In the comments below, let me know your child’s favorite activities. 

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