I teach music to children every Sunday. It's my way of helping at our LDS church. I am the Primary music chorister for all children in our congregation (or ward as we call them) ages 3-11 years old. Then I also teach music to the tiny kids in nursery, ages 18 months to 3 years old, every Sunday as well. Sometimes teaching the tiny kids is my favorite part of church! They are so cute and full of love for music. They give me high-fives and are happy to sing. Today I'm sharing some teaching helps that I use to teach these toddlers in nursery music each week. So whether you teach music at preschool, homeschool, or just for fun I hope these music ideas will help you.
Ideas for teaching music to toddlers and preschoolers
Snowflakes (Falling Snow, CS 248) for winter songs
Leaves (It's Autumntime, CS 246) for autumn songs
Hearts (Jesus Said Love Everyone, 61) for Valentine's Day
A big favorite for my nursery toddlers is Rain is Falling All Around (CS 155). I go around the room and lightly mist their hands with "rain." The rain is just a tiny spritzer re-used with water in it. If there is time and it's not crazy I'll pull out an umbrella too. If they are feeling brave, I'll mist the water over their heads. This is a favorite!
Everyone gets a felt star to hold as we sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I'm Am Like a Star (CS 163). The felt never crinkles and it super easy to cut out (cheap too!).
I also use these little bells I made from pipe cleaners. Add a few mini bells to a pipe cleaner. Form into a circle and twist the ends together. We use these when we march to Follow the Prophet (CS 110) and Scripture Power.
I also made a cheap set of instruments from stuff I found at the Dollar Store. I'll bring this sometimes to switch things up. We have a large nursery, so I needed a lot of instruments for cheap. SEE HOW I MADE THESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
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