Set yourself up for success in primary as the primary music leader or the nursery music leader by having a Music Bag Starter Kit! You can put your own kit together or purchase a pre-made Music Bag Starter Kit from my shop. The supplies and props found in my Music Bag Starter Kit can be used in wide a variety of ways including singing time, nursery and family home evening!
You can purchase a pre-made Music Bag Starter Kit in my shop! (includes almost everything you’ll find below!). Order yours HERE.
What’s the purpose of a having a Music Bag Starter Kit?
Inspired by the new home-centered, church-supported curriculum Come Follow Me, this Music Bag will get your primary and nursery more excited to sing primary songs at church and get your family singing more at home! It makes singing primary songs more engaging, especially for little ones.
It’s also a do-the-work-once kind of thing. After you have your own Music Bag Starter Kit, you’ll be able to easily sing a variety of songs in multiple ways!
It’s great to use as a back-up plan in singing time, nursery and at home!
- Don’t have a singing time plan planned?
- 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! Music bag to the rescue!!
Use it in Primary!
I mainly use the props in my music bag in conjunction with my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE. When I draw a worm with a song that coordinates with a prop from my music bag, I use it. I also use the individual props quite often with my singing time lesson plans.
TIP: If your Sunbeams are struggling with singing time, I HIGHLY suggest going into their class for the last 5 minutes of their class time. 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 it in Nursery!
We sing in nursery each week using the props from my music bag. The songs are sung in the same order, with the same actions or item every time using a song list.
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. 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!
In addition to using my Music Bag in nursery, check out all of my Nursery posts HERE for more activities! There’s also a section on churchofjesuschrist.org entitled “Nursery Music” with some great information HERE.
Use it 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 will 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:
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How it Works:
TIP: When possible, use the primary room for nursery singing time. 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 behind in the nursery room. If nothing else, put up the toys before singing time in nursery.
The Music Bag Start Kit available in my shop is a HUGE upgrade from this! Find it HERE.
Music Bag Song List:
- enjoy singing
- that will provide great movement
- teach doctrine in an engaging way
To create your own, you can download my Nursery Song List. It’s available at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are at the bottom of this post.
What To Include:
These are the songs with props or actions that I’ve included in my Music Bag Starter Kit and what I suggest. Put similar items in a music bag you create yourself. You can always add to it (which I’ve got suggestions for that at the bottom of this post!).
I Love To See the Temple p. 95 (temple pictures)
In nursery, we sing this one first. It sets the tone for our whole singing time in nursery! The kids just hold a simple picture of the temple:
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 (actions)
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam p. 60 (sunbeam sticks)
I made these from foam cutouts of a sun (that I can’t find for purchase now). You can simply cut out your own from big sheets of foam as well. Cover in contact paper and tape to a popsicle stick. Raise them up when you sing the word “beam.” You can also optionally stand up for more movement.
My Music Bag in my shop has adorable sunshine squeeze balls instead! Perfect for little hands!
Popcorn Popping p. 242 (actions)
If You’re Happy p. 266 (jingle bells)
My Music bag to purchase has professional-grade jingle bells (they have great sound!) on colorful velcro straps so no more pokey wires that come undone!
Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210 (actions)
Do As I’m Doing p. 276 (egg shakers)
The Music Bag in my shop contains pre-filled egg shakers made from a thick plastic that won’t come apart. They come in a reusable plastic egg carton.
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)
I Hope They Call Me on a Mission p. 169
I also have a coloring book/flip chart for this song. You can find more details HERE.
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 only p. 110
**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 :).
My Music Bag available for sale does just that! It contains Susan Fitch’s Artwork professionally printed on quality paper, laminated and adhered to big wooden sticks.
My Hands p. 273 (actions)
“Give” Said the Little Stream p. p. 236
The Music Bag available in my shop has enough supplies for 12 children. If you create your own, make sure you have enough of each item to accommodate your primary, nursery and/or family.
I am a Child of God p. 2 (arms folded)
Smiles p. 267. Check out details HERE.
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281. Check out deatils HERE.
For nursery, I like to end with giving the children a sticker. Occasionally I find church or Christ themed stickers at Wal-Mart):
All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library. Access to my Resource Library is sent to you via email and not linked here. If you need initial access to my Resource Library or need access sent to you again, click on the button below, fill out your information then check your email. Instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button. Check out my email tutorial HERE for more help.
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Nursery.