by Diane Moyle
A counselor I once had in Primary came up with a brilliant idea to get the children involved in leading the music for singing time. (We would let the children know ahead of time that the most reverent would be chosen to help with Singing Time.)
She created an "Elephant Head" from
a colorful piece of poster board, and cut a hole where the nose would be. She then took a contrasting/complimentary colored nylon stocking and attached it to the back of the head where the toe portion was sticking through the hole. (See my crude illustration.)
Each child that was chosen to lead a song would stick their hand and arm into the stocking from the back side of the poster board. The children all wanted to get a chance to lead the song, so we brought our "elephant friend" back several times to visit.
Another idea we used to get the children to sing was to make it a game of "Hot & Cold". The instruction was that one child would be chosen to be it and would leave the room. An object was chosen and hidden somewhere in the room, and the remaining children could only let "it" know where to find the item by singing. They would sing louder when
"it" was close, and would sing softer when "it" was farther away. We usually got even the boys who hated to sing to join in on this "game".
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