Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes
How to use music in the Nursery (video clip)
I made "shakers" from baby food jar filled with
macaroni noodles, popcorn, rice, etc and hot glued lids down. I play songs from
the primary cd and we march and dance for a while. I also sing chorus' to
some of the primary songs with them. (Follow the Prophet, Nephi's Courage,
Search, Ponder and Pray, songs like that) They catch on pretty quick. They also
love the Hello song, Book of Mormon Stories, Popcorn, A Happy Family - those
little quick ones are great. Even if they don't sing along, the songs become
familiar and they start getting it. Plus, those songs will be more
familiar to them when they get into Primary. Every Sunday before I leave
we sing Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam. They are all getting to know that one
pretty good now! (Idea by Heidi)
Nursery by Kristen Hudson - great ideas on how to teach some songs
that coordinates with each lesson
CD - Did you know there is a Music CD that comes inside the Nursery Manual?
There are movement activities on there and more. Our children eat it up.
It is very age appropriate. We turn out the lights (calms them down) and
tell them they have to listen very carefully to know what to do (they'll tell
them to jump, clap, twirl, etc.) Use it, it's great!
This is just an idea from something our nursery kids did in my
old ward: The Primary President thought it would be a good idea for the nursery
kids to get acquainted with the primary room. We had a window of 15 minutes
between junior and senior sharing time when our primary room was empty. So the
nursery leaders would walk the kiddies into our primary room and the chorister
would do singing time with them. The nursery leaders liked this for a couple of
reasons: First of all, it took up some walking the kids back and forth from
nursery to primary:) And also, it gave the nursery kids a chance to practice
walking reverently in the hallways. It really helped to prep them for coming
into sunbeams. They were familiar with the primary room, knew how to get there,
and knew how they were expected to behave in the hallways. The nursery kids
loved the change of scene and and the "special trip" to the primary room. If
your primary presidency has an open window where the primary room is empty,
perhaps you could consider this to help change things up.
(Idea by Becky Westerberg /
Old McDonald had a farm - (from
here are some cute visuals that could be used while singing this song (this is a
pdf file and requires Adobe to view it)
Wiggle Worm Songs - Scroll down to the last file called "Wiggle Worms".
Click on pdf file and print. It is a fun one!
One thing that has helped our kids calm down is singing.
Not just an organized singing time but just spontaneous singing. We can have a
couple of criers and start singing anything and they stop. Another thing
that our leader does during our playtime which is first is she walks around and
randomly (and quietly) passes out animal crackers. This also distracts those who
are missing their mom. As far as activities, we do dancing to music. Play a hand
game. The had game is just following simple instructions with their hands. i.e.
"open" "close" "touch your nose" etc.
Ring around the rosies
Reverence Song for
sillies out by Raffi
The music is in the bag
There was an old woman who swallowed a fly
Yearly Music Schedule