I’m the music leader for the nursery, or the kids ages 18 mos-3 years. Lots of nursery leaders like to put together a ‘kit’ of props and helps for the songs. Most suggestions I’ve seen consist primarily of laminated paper cut outs. Don’t get me wrong, I love laminated cut outs as much as the next person, but laminated paper is cold and solid. We have enough cold and solid in our life, I wanted more warm and soft in my kit.
That’s not really a problem considering how much fabric and fiber I have in my stash.
So my kit currently includes:
A sun and star wand. I also have a ‘stream’ wand that I didn’t photograph. Felt, fleece, stuffing, glue, ribbon and lace, with a little glitter smile.
Needle felted heart.
Hands on a stick. It seems silly because, hello, I have hands attached to my arms, but this does grab attention. I also discovered today that these are about the size of a 2 year old’s hands.
Mother and father bird with a nest and eggs. Needle felted. Mother bird sits on the nest with the three eggs, and father bird is made to look like he’s flying.
A tight knit family. My mother knit these for me. She’s amazing.
I’ve only used this kit for a few weeks, but the kids LOVE them. I have to encourage gentle touches with the birds, but the eggs can be (and are) squeezed a bunch. The family is a big hit- the kids noticed who in their class looked like the puppets.
I’ve got plans to add some more as the year goes on but even just these things gives us a full singing time. A full 10-15 mins, that is. Ah, the attention span of a 2 year old.