Set yourself up for success as primary music leader or nursery music leader by creating a singing time music bag! This bag helps with last minute substitutes, filling extra time, singing time in nursery and even at home for family home evening!
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Purpose of a Music Bag
Having a music bag readily available makes singing primary songs exciting and fun, especially for little wiggly ones! While at the same time, it creates an easy way to implement more songs into your primary, nursery or family!
It’s also a do-the-work-once kind of thing. After you have your own singing time music bag, you are ready to sing a variety of songs in a moment’s notice!
It’s also great to use as a back-up plan in singing time, nursery and/or at home!
- Don’t have a singing time plan planned?
- Need something quick for a substitute?
- No time to create a specific singing time for nursery each week?
- Wiggly kids don’t want to listen to your FHE lesson?
No problem! Singing time music bag to the rescue!!
Use in Music Bag in Primary!
Many of the items in the singing time music bag are used in a variety of lesson plans. My favorite is to use them with a Wiggle Worm Jar HERE. When a worm with a song is drawn and it coordinates with items from a music bag, use them.
TIP: If your Sunbeams are struggling with singing time, try going into their class for the last 5 minutes of their class. Sing a few songs each week using your music bag, in addition to the song of the month. It’s great movement and repetition for those little kids who have been trying to sit still for so long.
Use a Music Bag in Nursery!
Simplify singing in nursery by using the singing time music bag. Sing songs in the same order, with the same actions or movement item every time.
Repetition is best for younger kids as they know what to expect, how long it will last (about 10 – 15 minutes) and what to do. The music bag provides this list, the order and what to do when.
Use a Music Bag at Home!
In our family, we sing for 30 or so minutes (singing each song 4 or 5 times each) getting all our wiggles out just in time for a lesson. Even though sometimes that FHE lesson only lasts for 2 minutes :).
My 13-year old twin boys are good sports and do the activities with all their younger siblings! Secretly I think they still really enjoy it! So it’s not just for the nursery aged kids!
Check out my YouTube video of how my family uses it at home:
How the Singing Time Music Bag Works:
TIP: When possible, use the primary room for nursery singing time. It’s a great way to have nursery kids become familiar with the primary room, sit in the chairs, sing with the piano and leave all the toys behind. If nothing else, put away the toys before singing time in nursery.
Create a Singing Time Music Bag
There are several variations for creating a music bag. You can make all the items using supplies found around your house, or purchase pre-made items. It all just depends on your time and budget constraints.
This is my original homemade version:
After years of use, I upgraded my homemade bag to be mostly store-bought items which were more durable:
When creating your singing time music bag, make or purchase enough of each item to accommodate the size of your primary, nursery and/or family. It’s no fun to have some participate while others must only watch.
Music Bag Song List:
- enjoy singing
- that will provide great movement
- teach doctrine in an engaging way
TIP: Rotate songs so the order contains a movement item then actions, movement item, actions, etc. It works well to only be handing out an item or returning an item rather than trying to do both.
There are 2 printing options. One page prints 2 per page (perfect to give to a copy to a pianist). The other is one larger version on one page.
The song list printable is available to Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscribers at no charge. Find out more details about Singing Time To-Go here:
Suggested Songs To Include:
These song suggestions contain songs that have actions or a movement item that correspond to the Song List printable above. You can always add to it (scroll down for even more suggestions!).
Here’s the list of songs included…
I Love to See the Temple p. 95 (temple pictures)
Starting off with I Love to See the Temple sets the tone for the whole singing time! The kids simply hold a picture of the temple.
These 13 temple printables are available to Singing Time To-Go PREMIUM subscribers at no charge. Find out more details about Singing Time To-Go here:
TIP: If using magazine cut outs, glue to colored card stock to hide the other side before laminating.
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 (actions)
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam p. 60 (sunbeam sticks)
These sunshine squeeze balls are from Oriental Trading HERE. Perfect for little hands!
Another alternative is to create sunshine foam cutouts. Cut out sunshine shapes from sheets of foam. Then tape to craft sticks.
Raise them up when you sing the word “beam” as you sing. You can also stand up on the word “beam” for added movement.
Popcorn Popping p. 242 (actions)
If You're Happy p. 266 (jingle bells)
You can also make your own! Place 2 small bells on pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner once around each bell so they don’t slide around. Then create a circle by wrapping the ends around each other.
For added safety, place a dab of hot glue on the ends of the wire so they don’t poke.
TIP: It’s also fun to put them around your toes and “shake our toes” so you can sing it twice.
Daddy's Homecoming p. 210 (actions)
Do As I'm Doing p. 276 (egg shakers)
These are also a favorite and singing time staple! Especially when each child gets 2 – one for each hand. Purchase these from Amazon HERE.
TIP: check out my post HERE containing more details for creating your own.
Store in an empty egg carton. The kids LOVE to take them in and out of the egg carton – so fun!
To use when singing Do As I’m Doing, shake them high and low, fast and slow, etc. as indicated by the song’s lyrics.
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes p. 275 (actions)
We like to sing the first time normal speed, then race the piano (or each other) the second time!
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169
Pin a missionary name tag on each child using a clothes pin.
These missionary name tags are simple to make using this printable:
Access these printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Then print on card stock, laminate and cut out. Add a clothes pin for each one.
When you sing, stand in place and walk in place because missionaries do LOTS of walking! Check out my post HERE with additional details.
Once There Was a Snowman p. 249 (actions)
Once I was a baby, baby, baby (start on the floor)Once I was a baby, small small small (crouch really small)Now I’m growing bigger, bigger, bigger (begin to stand up)Now I’m growing bigger, tall tall tall (stand on tip toes and stretch arms out)
Follow the Prophet, chorus p. 110
Print the various prophet images with their background as a 5×7 lustre photo at Costco or the like. Glue to cardboard for (added durability) and laminate. Attach to a craft stick.
Available in my shop are 13 Follow the Prophet sticks that are printed on thick, quality paper, laminated and attached to big wooden sticks. Shipped right to you! Order yours HERE.
Another option is to print 5 x 7 pictures of the current prophet. Glue them to cardboard (for added durability) then laminate. Tape to craft sticks.
My Hands p. 273 (actions)
"Give," Said the Little Stream p. 236
I am a Child of God p. 2 (arms folded)
End singing time in nursery by passing out stickers. Occasionally I find church or Christ themed stickers at Walmart.
These are available at (Amazon affiliate link):
Smiles p. 267
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281
Singing Time Tote Bag
Now that you have all your items, you need to store them in a bag! This singing time tote bag HERE is my FAVORITE. But any bag will do, just make sure it’s big enough to hold everything!
Do you have and use a singing time music bag? Why do you love it? How do you use it? Leave a comment adding any information you have regarding yours!
Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Music Bag.