UPDATE: I’m now selling these Music Bag Starter Kits in my shop! (includes almost everything you’ll find below but better!). Check out details HERE.
There are 14 songs that we sing in our Nursery (but scroll down to the bottom where I have BONUS songs listed too!). We do them in the same order, with the same actions or item. I feel the repetition is great for the little kids as they know what to expect, how long it will last (about 10 – 15 minutes) and what to do. I have the list of songs printed out (with the page numbers and actions/items) so I remember what goes where – it can get a little chaotic!
TIP: If your Sunbeams are struggling with singing time, I would HIGHLY suggest going into their class for the last 15 minutes of their class time (or whenever you are not teaching singing time or nursery) and doing all these songs with them, then including your song of the month! I’m sure the teacher will appreciate your help to fill the time! Or pass the bag along to the Sunbeam teachers and have them go through all the songs. They provide great movement for those little kids who have been trying to sit still for so long.
This nursery activity also doubles as a great Family Home Evening activity each week! 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 11-year old twin boys still love doing all these activities with all their siblings! It’s not just for the nursery aged kids!
You can also check out all of my Nursery posts HERE for other/additional activities! There’s also a section on lds.org entitled “Nursery Music” with some great information HERE.
If you are able to use the primary room for Nursery singing time, I’d recommend doing so. It’s a great way to have the kids get familiar with the primary room, sit in the chairs, sing with the piano and leave all the toys and playtime behind in the nursery room. Our pianist has the same list of songs as I do.
If you can’t get into the Primary room because it’s occupied, I’d HIGHLY suggest going into a separate classroom. Set up the chairs in a nice U shape with you sitting at the top and a few chairs for the teachers in between the kids. If you don’t have that option, at the very least, put up all the toys.
To get the kids to the primary room all together and somewhat reverently, I sewed what the kids have named “The Dragon.” They each put their hand in an elastic band (sewed onto some ric rac) and we walk:
Please note that these are not included in the pre-made bags I am selling.
You can purchase something similar on Oriental Trading HERE. Obviously if you are staying in your nursery room, this is unnecessary.
You can access my Nursery Song List using my access button below. If you’ll notice, I’ve split it into 2 weeks. I don’t have enough time to do them all – but if you have more time, then by all means sing them all! We begin and end each week with the same songs – I Love to See the Temple and I am a Child of God.
I have mine printed on some neon colored card stock, cut out and laminated. It stays in the pocket of my nursery bag where I keep a stash of stickers.
Below are all the actions/props I use when singing each song. If you’ll notice, my order of each song is prop – action – prop action – repeat. It works well to just be giving an item or handing one out than trying to do both.
1. I Love To See the Temple which we sing first every week. It sets the tone for our whole singing time in nursery!The kids just hold a simple picture of the temple:
The pictures are from the church’s Temples magazine found HERE. Purchase enough copies of the magazine to make the number of desired pictures. There are about 6 full page pictures of the temple that I just cut out of the magazine, put some colored card stock behind them to hide the other side, then placed in sheet protectors (laminating would work as well). I did tape the sheet protectors closed for more durability.
2. Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 (actions)
3. Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam p. 60 (sunbeam sticks – I found foam cutouts of a sun (at Roberts but I’ve also just cut out my own from big sheets of foam), put contact paper over them and taped them to popsicle sticks. When we sing the word “sunbeam” we stand up)
4. Popcorn Popping p. 242 (actions)
5. If You’re Happy p. 266 (bells – I put 2 small bells on pipe cleaner and made them into a circle by wrapping the ends around each other. So they don’t poke, I put a dab of hot glue on the ends. The kids put them around their wrists and we clap while we sing “if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.” We also like to put them around our toes and “shake our toes” so we sing it twice)
Amazon sells some pre-made ones here as well:
6. Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210 (actions)
7. Do As I’m Doing p. 276 (egg shakers THESE ARE THE FAVORITE !!- I filled plastic Easter eggs with a few dry beans and hot glued them together (UPDATE – forget the hot glue and check out my post HERE for keeping the eggs shut FOREVER!). We can shake them high and low, fast and slow, etc. as we sing and there’s enough for each child to get 2)
Amazon sells them year round, I think the best deal is when you purchase 50 here:
Amazon also sells pre-made rhythm eggs in case you want to go that route too:
8. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes p. 275 (actions – we do the first time normal speed and then we like to do it really fast and race the piano)
9. I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169 (I made simple name tags on white card stock that say “MISSIONARY” and “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,” with a black background, and laminated them. I pin them on each child with a clothes pin. We stand in place and march while we sing)
You can find my document to download using my access button at the bottom of this post.
10. Once There Was a Snowman p. 249 (actions). We also sing “Once I Was a Baby” to the same tune with actions. They come from the Nursery Manual HERE.
Here are the words:
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)
11. Follow the Prophet, chorus only p. 110 (prophet sticks – I got 5 x 7 pictures of President Monson, glued them to cardboard and laminated them. Then I taped them to small dowels. Then we march around the room). See my updates for President Nelson HERE.
The original idea was to just have one stick and everyone else follows the leader but it led to fighting over who got to be the leader so I just made one for everyone!
**I’d suggest also using Susan Fitch’s artwork found HERE. Print the various prophet pictures as 4×6’s or 5×7’s at Costco or the like and laminate them. That way they are timeless :).
12. My Hands p. 273 (actions)
13. “Give” Said the Little Stream p. p. 236. Purchase these wands I’ve linked in my shop HERE. I use wands in primary a lot, check out my post on wands HERE for more details.
14. I am a Child of God p. 2 (sit quietly in your chair with arms folded)
Check out my bonus songs below! Note that these are not included on the nursery list above or in the Music Bag I am selling.