Streamers are fun props that help children move creatively to the music. You can even use streamers to teach spatial directions as children act out movements to their favorite song. Ask them to raise the streamers up high, down low, in front of them, beside, and behind their body. Here are a few variations of streamers to make.
Plain Streamers - Cut 2-foot lengths of crepe paper, ribbon, newspaper strips, plastic construction marking rolls, and even strips cut from brown grocery bags. Put ten of the strips together and staple them at one end to make a streamer. Cover the stapled edge with tape to prevent pinched fingers. Let the children hold the streamers and move, watching the streamers blow in the wind beside them.
Tube Streamers - Attach streamers (items above) to the ends of paper towel or toilet tissue cardboard tubes with a stapler. The children can hold the tubes as handles and wave the streamers around. These make great marching batons too!
Ring Streamers - Collect wooden or plastic rings. Plastic rings can even be made by cutting the centers from plastic lids (like coffee can lids). Tape the 2-foot crepe paper or ribbon streamers to the ring, spacing them about an inch apart. Invite the children to hold the ring as they move and dance.