Put your scarf up
So in some previous posts, we talked about how important a flag is in the carnival culture of Trinidad and Tobago.
Equally as important is a rag, which is usually a washcloth, a piece of clothing, a bandana or any thing that can be turned into something small that you can wave.
Most carnival songs mention this and the trend with the musicians of the season is to ask the crowd to put something in the air and wave. So you can see why it is important to have something you can wave that being either a flag or a rag.
Since scarves are commonly used in enrichment classes as a teaching prop, we figured it would be great to just come up with a scarf activity - the scarf, in this case, being our rag or flag.
The following is a scarf song and activity that goes through a few different scarf motions and movement. The song itself uses hints of the melodic structure of a basic soca song - soca being one of the main genres of music of Trinidad & Tobago. Altogether the activity is meant to expose students to common carnival practices in Trinidad & Tobago while allowing them to explore different types of movement using their scarf.
How did it go?
Of course it went well. Our students absolutely love scarves which makes it easy to do new activities with them. They loved this one in particular because of the melody of the song. Many of them actually said how much they love the song and they definitely proved that to us by memorizing the lyrics with ease. They sang along loudly and were really enthusiastic throughout the activity. They thoroughly enjoyed the different variations of movement especially the tempo based ones.
One suggestion we have to make this a more challenging activity would be to play around with faster speeds. Not only will it be really exciting as students love to see how fast they can do things but it will up the difficulty level especially when transitioning from one movement to the next.
Take a look!
If you are looking for a culture inspired, scarf activity, then we would insist on watching our video. You will see the activity in motion and hear the song. We are confident that it is easy to learn and teach and that your students will really enjoy this one.
Wave and Sing,
Tiva & Randa