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 several props associated with several songs in my music bag. We sing them each week in nursery. I also use the bag in conjunction with my Wiggle Worm Jar in primary (details HERE).
In nursery, we sing the songs 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 5 minutes of their class time. Sing a few songs each week along with your song of the month. It’s great movement and repetition for those little kids who have been trying to sit still for so long.
My music bag 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 12-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!
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 Love To See the Temple p. 95
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:
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 (actions)
Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam p. 60
Popcorn Popping p. 242 (actions)
If You’re Happy p. 266
Amazon sells some pre-made ones here as well:
Daddy’s Homecoming p. 210 (actions)
Do As I’m Doing p. 276
Amazon also sells pre-made rhythm eggs in case you want to go that route too:
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
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 Hands p. 273 (actions)
“Give” Said the Little Stream p. p. 236
I am a Child of God p. 2 (sit quietly in your chair with arms folded)
Smiles p. 267. Check out details HERE.
The Wise Man and the Foolish Man p. 281. Check out deatils HERE.
Then everyone gets a smiley face sticker (or sometimes I find some LDS themed ones at Wal-Mart):
Then head back to class with “The Dragon,” usually just in time for snacks!!
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