I carry a big Ziploc bag with me in my church bag. It’s full of all my nursery music goodies.
I always teach them a song about the season we are in. I try to find an item they can all hold as we sing. They are usually soft with lots of wear and tear. I find stuff at Dollar Tree or use felt. Some ideas include:
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
Of course a HAPPY FACE and SAD FACE stick to show them as we sing Smiles (CS 267). I always have them practice their smiles and frowns before we sing.
A little laminated family for any songs about Moms, Dads, or families. My kids love We Are a Happy Family (CS 198). I hold these as we sing and let each character “peek” out. They love it.
For quieter, reverent songs I try to have something to show them while we sing. I tell them it’s really special and I’ll let each person touch it as I go around the room. In this case I use a temple figure as we sing I Love To See The Temple (CS 95).
*All songs I mentioned above are from the Children’s Songbook,