Bear Paw Creek Celebrates 20 Years

January 2020 marks the 20th year that Bear Paw Creek has been in business!  This post will be taking a look back and looking forward to the future.

January 2000 brought my husband and our 1 year old son living in Springfield, Missouri. We had moved from Alaska just a few months before.  I was trying to figure out a way to make some money working from home. What started out as a conversation with my sister, soon become the idea that has gotten Bear Paw Creek to celebrating 20 years in business!

I am thankful and humbled to have reached this milestone. We’re going to kick off the year with a big giveaway to C E L E B R A T E!!!!

Bear Paw Creek celebrates 20 years in business

Where It All Began

Bear Paw Creek was originally named Props & Bags, Etc.  This title was to showcase our main focus on creative movement props and storage for those props, along with bag solutions for instruments and other items the traveling music therapist found a need for.  The idea for the business came from a conversation with my sister.  As a newly practicing music therapist, she was finding the need for movement props, and also storage solutions.  Sewing and creating were some of my favorite things to do and so that become the starting vision for what is now Bear Paw Creek.

As you can see our family has grown right along with the business!




January 2000 – Business was officially started with the name Props & Bags, Etc.

Summer 2000 –  More product creation and products pictures taken.  First website created and mail marketing began.

May 2001 – Wholesale division begins with West Music as our first customer.

2008 – Brings a new name of Bear Paw Creek and two more wholesale customers, Music is Elementary and Music Together.

2012 – Until this time, BPC mainly operated on wholesale orders.  With the invention of WordPress, and the opportunity to control your own e-commerce site, BPC started to build their retail market

May 2013 – Received a phone call that took half our business away (however, it ended up doubling it in the long run) , but ended up being the catalyst that put BPC on a new projection.  Retail business continues to grow.  Claimed our listings on and begin to pick up more wholesale customers.

2014 – 2019  BPC continues to grow and adds more wholesale customers, with several international. The retail business continues to reach more and we enjoy connecting with others to share music, dance, and lesson plans for our creative movement props.

May 2019 – BPC acquires a.e.IDEAS scarf line which brings even more scarf sizes, colors, and music to our customers.

January 2020 – We celebrate 20 years and look forward to the next 20!  We have some fun new projects lined up and are planning year long giveaway to CELEBRATE!

Thank YOU!




Giveaway #1 of 2020


We are joining forces with Rachel Rambach of Listen Learn Music to bring you 12 songs to go with the stretchy band, bean bags, balloon ball, and scarves.  They will come in a crocheted yarn basket and also includes our new BPC egg shakers!  Worth over $250 and the winner will be drawn February 1.


Click to the image to enter!

January 2020 Bear Paw Creek movement prop product with music giveaway

Janet Stephens is the founder and creator behind Bear Paw Creek’s creative movement props and bags. She is passionate about learning and sharing along the way.

Rolling Cart Storage Cover to AMTA 2019

I’m excited to be sending out biggest giveaway to the AMTA Nationals 2019 this year.

Worth over $300!  Check out what it includes:

Dbest Quick Cart – $32
Custom Rolling Cart Storage Cover –  $45
Large Stretchy Band – $67
Balloon Ball – $22
Set of 12 Bean Bags in 12 colors  $25
Set of Rainbow 36″ Scarves with music  $67
Three: Barefoot Books $30.00
Three: Miss Carole cds – $45
Total MSRP:  $333

Rolling Cart Storage Cover

Another great idea brought to you from my sister, Kathy from Tuneful Teaching!  She had purchased a collapsible cart and wanted to make the cart more functional so sent me her ideas.  I had fun creating this pattern and we think others might find it useful as well!  You can read more about the product which was just added to the shop.   Here are a few pics of the bag empty and also with the goodies I sent off for the raffle. 

How to Enter to Win?

This is the details I received, so I hope this helps you put your raffle ticket in the basket!

1) Your donation will be raffled intact as it was sent.
2) Each donated item will have a container in which people can put their purchased tickets.
3) Details of the baskets will be next to each item.
4) Winners will be drawn Thursday after the Exhibit Spectacular (@10)
5) tickets are $5 each
6) tix sold near the raffle items

Janet Stephens is the founder and creator behind Bear Paw Creek’s creative movement props and bags. She is passionate about learning and sharing along the way.

Music and Movement for Pumpkins and Halloween

Recently Beth Green “The Music Lady” shared a pumpkin song that inspired me to make a “pumpkin” stretchy band, which then made me say – a-ha – a giveaway!

With so many friends putting out creative movement, music, books, and ideas to do around Halloween and pumpkins, this post is all about that and a BIG giveaway included, sponsored by the following:

  • Sing Play Create
  • Listen Learn Music
  • Music for Kiddos
  • Bear Paw Creek

A few months ago I got connected with Beth Green, The Music Lady.   

You will see she full of light and joy!  Her video is what inspired this giveaway!

Long time friend of Bear Paw Creek, Kat Fulton, introduced me to Stephanie Leavell, MT-BC a few months ago.  I remembered the book that she wrote and thought it would be the perfect addition to our Halloween giveaway.  She kindly offered up the whole bundle. I think I’m going to have to get one of these for my family.  Be sure to read about what she’s doing.

Rachel Rambach has added three of her fun songs to the giveaway!

From Sandra over at Sing Play Create
Boo! It’s Halloween creative movement activity time. These Ghostly scarf directional cards and Monster movement cards will keep your students busy burning off Halloween excitement! There are also 4 other Halloween games included in this wicked brew! K-6 applications.


Halloween Movement Props

  • Bear Paw Creek medium stretchy band in pumpkin fabric
  • Pumpkin Balloon Ball
  • Black, White, and Orange Scarf set of 12
  • 12 Halloween Hoop Ribbon Streamers

***You can order the stretchy bands with the fun halloween jack o’lanterns (just put a note on the order that you want the pumpkin fabric)  and the new patch of pumpkin balloon balls are in the shop! 

Janet Stephens is the founder and creator behind Bear Paw Creek’s creative movement props and bags. She is passionate about learning and sharing along the way.

DiscoverDance Movement Prop Addition and Learning Opportunity

Awhile ago I got connected with Andrea over at DiscoverDance Early Childhood Dance Education.  This connections brought her jeweled colors to the stretchy band, scarves, bean bags, and balloon ball.

Today I added the connect-a-stretchy band and some hoop ribbon streamers in her colors!

She also has some very exciting things going on, including a free download “Discover the Power of Props.”  Read on!

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Learn Why Props Are in the Top 3

Here is what Andrea has to say! 

Props, props, and more PROPS! Learn why props are one of the top 3 key elements to a successful early childhood dance program tomorrow at 1pm CST here on Facebook.

PLUS-viewers will receive a coupon code to receive a discount on the DiscoverDance Collection through our partnership with Bear Paw Creek, LLC!

Tired of using the same ol’ props?

Have a stash collecting dust in storage?
This free guide includes over 30 different props, 14 class activities, how and why to use them, and where to shop. Everything you need to bring fresh, creative, and fun ideas to your little ones in one place!

DiscoverDance Creative Movement Props Available by Bear Paw Creek

DD Medium Stretchy Band

DD Connect-a-Stretchy Band

DD Bean Bags

DD Creative Movement Scarves

DD Balloon Ball

DD Hoop Ribbon Streamers

Playlist Featuring 11 Videos with DiscoverDance Props

(You don’t want to miss these!)

Janet Stephens is the founder and creator behind Bear Paw Creek’s creative movement props and bags. She is passionate about learning and sharing along the way.

Bear Paw Creek Back to School Giveaway 2019

It’s back to school time and time for our 5th annual Back to School Giveaway and SALE!  All month long there will be discounts and a giveaway that is worth over $400!

August 1 -7 20% off –  Code: 20for2019

August 8-15 15% off – Code: 15for2019

August 16-31 10% off – Code: 10for2019

I am excited to partner with a few of our friends to bring a prize back full of music, movement props, instruments,  and books!  Read on to learn more.

Bear Paw Creek's Annual Back to School Sale

Look What Our Friends Have Contributed

Check out this year’s sponsors, with a prize pack valued over $400!

GRAND TOTAL: $473.50

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New Music and Lesson Plans

I am SO far behind sharing all the wonderful music, lesson plans, and ideas our friends have been sharing to use with Bear Paw Creek movement props.

I’m working on sharing some great resources for over this month and upcoming year.

Here is one from one of our newest Stretchy Band distributors: Let’s Play Music

Janet Stephens is the founder and creator behind Bear Paw Creek’s creative movement props and bags. She is passionate about learning and sharing along the way.

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