This week, we are going to sing Little Pioneer Children using the bells. It has a fun descant part that is great to play using the bells. I had the thought that if I had those homemade chimes I would use those instead because they are more similar to something the pioneers would have used! But, what do you do?
You can see how I use the bells in Primary by going HERE
. If you’ve never used handbells in primary before, I’d highly recommend this post.
Then I thought it would be fun to have my bell choir wear some “pioneer gear” (ha!). If you have a bunch of pioneer clothes, I’d simply suggest that you use those. But I don’t so I made (if that’s what you call it!) 5 vests and 5 pinafores using these:
Pioneer vests for the boys:
and Pioneer pinafores for the girls:
Both are made starting out the same way:
take your paper bag and flatten it so the sides are poking out instead of inward. Then flatten the bottom of the bag which will become the top. Don’t worry about munching the corners as you’ll be discarding these parts anyway.
Then take that top flap (the bottom part of the bag) and fold it up so it aligns with the other top part.
Now, for the vests,
cut arm holes, kind of curved.
Then unfold that top flap so everything now lies flat. Cut a nape (for the back of the neck) at the very top. Then cut up the front and over toward the sides of the neck to make it look like a vest. I also fringed the bottom (not pictured here…scroll up to the first picture to see it) and turned them inside out so the writing is on the inside. Easy!
For the pinafores:
(fold it the same way you did the vests) cut corners of both sides. When you cut, cut about an inch into the front, past the crease so it will be a little thinner on the chest.
Then unfold the top and cut a rectangle for the neck, leaving about 2 inch straps. Cut up the back side pinafore (the opening will be worn on the back). Then make a little “wave” pattern on the bottom to make it look more like ruffles and turn it inside out to hide the writing. Again, easy!
I opted to tape the neck portions for reinforcement. Parts of the bag could be pulled and didn’t all stay together where the bottom met the sides.
And there you have it! Some cute pioneer children making some great pioneer music!! How does the song go…”pioneer children sang as they walked and walked and…”