Tomorrow is our stake primary leadership meeting.
The music people are all supposed to bring an idea for teaching songs that
uses a stick (paint stick.).
Someone sent me the idea to paint a stick silver and write "The Iron Rod" on
it. The kids would pass it around while singing and when the music stops
they say the next word or phrase or pick the next song. I am looking for
any other ideas to do with this stick. Anyone have any good ideas???
Thanks in advance,
Nicole in UT
I love paint sticks! I put a little piece of Velcro on
the top of them and ~ use them for all sorts of things. I have Velcro on the
backs of several of the visuals I use. My favorite is to use them for the 5
minutes before Primary begins. My pianist plays songs we know as prelude. I
stick my bee (hum) or owl (oooo) or Lulu (lulululu) or Bubba (bubububu) on
the stick and hold it up. The kids have to watch to see what sound they
should make while they wait for Primary to start. Sometimes I'll also hold
up a smiley face or the loud or soft to go with it. (So I'm holding two
signs, one in each hand.) It also warms up their voices for singing and
helps them be more reverent.
I also use them in the nursery and junior primary. I made
several circles (about 4 inches in diameter) with different animals to
use with Do As I'm Doing. One of the kids will choose an animal and stick in
on the paint stick. Then I have a can that the stick stands up in so the
kids can see what the animal is and what he does. (Seal claps, butterfly
flies, ants march, etc.)
You could make a "flipper"~ the stick has something on
each side and you flip it back and forth to tell the kids how to sing. You
could do: a hummingbird and a canary (hum or sing your prettiest), one with
boys and girls (most people already have this one), one with teachers and
children, stop and go, stand and sit, Valiant 9 and Valiant 10 (different
classes sing), loud and soft, rabbit and tortoise (fast, slow), 2 different
colors (the people wearing those colors or with that eye color would sing OR
split them into two groups giving each group a color, then they sing when
their side's color is showing), write EOW (sing every other word) on one
side and ALL (sing every word) on the other.