Kids will be kids, if we let them. And we should let them! We can fuel their creativity and spark their imaginations, give their brains and bodies a good workout by making the right ‘tools’ available. Tools like the scarf. And a dress up box. EVERY child, when given opportunity, will take an everyday item and refashion into something it was not intended to be. Filling a bin with ordinary things like scarves and cast-off clothing and out-of-style shoes opens up a whole new, extra-ordinary world.
A scarf? How much fun could that add to a child’s playtime? Here are 6 ideas, just to get you going. You might recognize a couple of the scarves in these photos if you’ve been peeking in on our scarf-tastic series this week – my children and grandchildren have had all kinds of fun NOT wearing them as a fashion statement but turning them into one useful object after another.
A Scarf will come in handy when . . .
. . . you have wounded your arm after you’ve taken on the rascal Bluebeard while boarding the Jolly Roger.
. . . baby is fussy and needs to stay extra close to Mama, or maybe when it’s time for a walk or a trip to town.
. . . Dangerous Dillon rides into town, hoping to disguise his identity.
. . . the winds are high and the dust is thick as you travel the Oregon Trail.
. . . you’re on the high seas and are washed overboard by a gigantic wave and your buddy in the boat needs to throw you a life line.
. . . you misstep while climbing the mountain and your broken leg needs to be set.
. . . it’s time to take ‘doggie’ for a walk.
The scarf – such a small, inconsequential item, full of so much potential. No need to plug it in or change batteries, no flashing lights to burn out, no add-ons or apps necessary. Guaranteed to provide hours and hours of fun! Is there a dress up box in your home? Are there scarves residing inside? If your little minions are out of practice, pull out that bin of odds & ends, head off to the land of make-believe. Slay a dragon or climb Mt Everest with them. And don’t forget to take along your scarf!
Want More Scarf Week Inspiration?
The scarf refashion fun has only just begun! Be sure to chomp those
shark scarf teeth into each of these inspirational D.I.Y. projects hitting the blog-o-sphere today.
Click the images above or links below to check ’em out.
1. From Childhood Memorabilia to Wall Art by It Was Weekend
2. A Vintage Boho Reading Nook: The Ceiling by The Gathered Home
3. Pom Pom Tassel Bag Charm by Ciburbanity
4. DIY Scarf Tray by Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer
5. How to Turn Your Scarf into a Vest by Burlap & Babies
6. Turn a Vintage Scarf into a Lumbar Pillow by The Silly Pearl
7. Inexpensive Framed Scarf Art by Crafty Bonds
8. The Scarf: A Necessary Item in Every Child’s Dress-Up Box by Apron Strings & Other Things
9. Upcycled Scarf Planter by Upcycled Treasures
10. DIY Sparkling Infinity Scarf Refashion by The Crafting Nook
11. PJ Pants to Scarf Upcycle by Southern State of Mind
12. Furoshiki Book Bag by Tried & True
13. DIY Scarf Camera Strap by The Thinking Closet
Well, we’ve reached the grand finale of Scarf Week with today’s theme of Scarf Refashions, and grand it most certainly was! If you’re just tuning in, this was just one of five inspirational themes from this week. And you can check ’em all out by visiting our co-coordinators, Lauren from The Thinking Closet and Vanessa from Tried & True. And you can also explore all of the creative projects we’ve been sharing on social media by checking out our hashtag, #ScarfWeek2015.
This week has just been wave after wave of killer inspiration, no fish-bones about it! Thanks for coming along for the ride. It has been JAW-some.
Until next time…stay scarfy,