Here’s my list of what I think are the top 9 BEST singing time props and supplies to purchase for primary. These items are all versatile and are what I have come to personally know, love and recommend!
If you follow me, none of the items will come as a surprise so I apologize if you have come here looking for something new! These are just my tried and true singing time items I use regularly!
I see this question of what to purchase for singing time mostly around the end of the year when primary budgets have extra a little money. Presidencies come to you, the primary music leader, asking what you could use in singing time.
So what do you buy with those precious and limited funds? I’ve hopefully simplified that question for you with my list below!
Or maybe you are completely new and your primary could use a little help in the singing time department. What should you arm yourself with that would make this calling a little better and easier?
Well, look no further! Hopefully this list helps you prepare for your singing time calling giving you the best bang-for-your-buck when it comes to singing time supplies!
My list is based off of what I use most in singing time and what I consider to easily be used in a variety of ways.
Now, assuming the obvious, I’ve left the very basic items you’d need in this calling including the Children’s Songbook. If you don’t have that book, you might be in real trouble!
Okay, here we go!
#1. Gospel Art Book
My #1 primary singing time supply or prop to buy is the church’s Gospel Art Book. And no, I don’t make any commission for recommending you get one ;). If your primary doesn’t own one, get one!
I actually own 2 books. I’ve taken them both apart by removing the spine and placed each sheet in sheet protectors. The purpose of having 2 is so I can post pictures on the chalkboard even if the images are back-to-back (trust me, it happens more than I like!).
So, head to your local Distribution Center to get
one two or order online HERE.
I’ll recommend handbells again and again until I’m blue in the face! There is no other singing time item out there quite like the handbells. Kids absolutely love them! If you are new to handbells but would like to implement them into your primary, check out my post HERE for using handbells in primary.
Seriously, you won’t regret bringing handbells into primary! They are my favorite to use around Christmas and Easter but that doesn’t mean I don’t pull them out almost monthly in between those holidays either!
Make sure to use CPI10%off for a discount from Merry Bells!
#3. Music Bag Starter Kit
Before church moved to 2-hour meetings, I used this bag the most often – more than any other item. I went into Nursery each week with it. The nursery kids KNEW this bag inside and out! They knew what came next and what to expect when they saw me. It was a game changer when they turned 3 and came into singing time.
Now that I don’t have time to go into nursery, the nursery leaders use it every week instead of me. They’re training those little nursery kids to be ready for singing time! It’s a gold mine!
Then in addition to nursery, I use this bag quite frequently in singing time. My favorite time to use it is in conjunction with my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE. I use my Wiggle Worm Jar during transition time every Sunday! And guess what those brand new Sunbeams already recognize? Yep! My music bag.
The props or supplies in this bag are a great starter kit as you’ll notice below that there are a few items I recommend that are already in this bag. Use the props with the associated song or different songs. The egg shakers, for instance, are so versatile!
If you ever need a sub or you are in the primary presidency and your primary music leader didn’t show up, guess who’s got an instant singing time lesson plan!? Or your week didn’t go as planned and you show up to church with nothin’…music bag to the rescue!
Slightly off topic but I personally use this every week at home too. It’s enhanced our “home-centered church-supported” family home evening. All my kids have now used the music bag to learn gospel principles through music (like I Love To See the Temple, Follow the Prophet and I Hope They Call Me on a Mission)
I’ve got a post with details on how to create your own HERE. I also sell a pre-made bag (more details are HERE). They are a HUGE upgrade from the homemade version but either option definitely gets the job done! So arm yourself with a handy-dandy music bag!
#4 Ribbon Wands
I LOVE wands! They create a very unique form of movement for the kids when singing. We use these a million different ways including:
- Actions like these found HERE
- Learning how to conduct, details HERE
- Pitch leading (moving their wand up as the notes go up and moving their wand down as the notes go down)
- Incorporate into specific lesson plans like all of mine found HERE
You don’t have to purchase wands…there are several options for making your own! Check out my post HERE for more details! The wands come included in my music bag as well!
Scarves are VERY similar to wands, yet I still prefer to have both. The main way I use scarves that you can’t use with wands are when we learn songs using simplified ASL.
Once our signs are learned, I love to pull out the scarves. They bring in an added dynamic and the kids are usually mesmerized by them! You can see all the lesson plans where I’ve used scarves HERE.
I’ve also used them as a prop to help create specific actions. My favorite being When Joseph Went to Bethlehem HERE.
I got mine from Amazon. Check out my shop HERE for a link.
#6 A Children's Songbook Companion
If you don’t have this book, you need to get it! When I’m preparing lesson plans, this is usually one of the first places I look for ideas if I’m drawing blanks. The ideas are simple, yet effective.
Sister Pat Graham, one of the authors of this book is a retired General Primary Board Member. Even though the book isn’t published by the church, it was originally intended to be and has been through all of church correlation.
If I go to all the trouble to create printables, I really like to be able to reuse them in the future singing time lesson plans. And we all know kids aren’t always gentle with our props.
Enter the laminator! This is WAY cheaper and more convenient than taking your items to a paper supply store to have laminated! I purchase the non-brand name laminating sheets at a fraction of the cost and I haven’t noticed a difference.
I’ve got a post HERE with details of what laminator I own and use.
#8 Heavy Duty Magnets
Most of the printables I print on card stock and laminate require a heavy duty magnet in order to stay on the white board. Those little flimsy, cheap magnets don’t cut it. Trust me, I’ve learned from experience!
Your printables deserve it – after all the work you put into them, make sure to keep them from sagging by using heavy duty magnets!
Check out my post HERE with more specifics!
I LOVE this caddy! It holds everything I need to teach singing time and keeps me organized! Magnets, push pins, plasty tac, chalk, eraser, pencils, pens, markers, the sky is the limit! Store it in the primary closet for a quick grab and go each Sunday!
I just found it on Amazon. More details are HERE.
And while you’re at it, go make some choosing sticks! You won’t regret it! I love ours! More details on how I made mine HERE.
Since writing this post, I have 2 more to add! I can’t stop geeking out about them!
Singing Time Tote Bag
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag! No more digging in the bottom, searching for that random item that I KNOW is in there! Everything stays so neat and organized, there’s a place for it all! Check out more details HERE.
This stuff is seriously so slick! I was hanging papers on the board and the teachers were in complete awe, wondering how they were hanging! Try it, you’ll like it. I promise!! Find out more about magnetic tape HERE.
If you are looking to stay more organized in singing time, I have a “Staying Organized” post series HERE. Several of the items I mentioned above already.
So…I hope you enjoyed my Top 9 best singing time props and supplies to buy! Did I miss anything? What are your favorite singing time supplies? I’d love to hear and so would other primary music leaders! Leave a comment with your suggestions.