Monday, March 13, 2017

Wands

One of my favorite props for singing time are these: wands!

I purchased them years ago from haloheaven.com that is no longer in business and I'm super bummed!  I wish I could refer everyone there to buy a set for your primary.  I've used them in several lesson plans through the years and in nursery (found HERE if you are interested).  The closest ones I've found to replace them are at Oriental Trading HERE.

I get asked frequently about options for wands.  So I thought I would put together a post of what I would do for wands if I didn't already have these ones.  {My first instinct is to go figure out who the manufacturer is and start manufacturing them myself somehow!!}

But I think if I were in need of wands now, I would make my own - and I'd omit the stick and use shower curtain rings instead.  Mostly because I can't figure out how to secure the ribbon to the stick and the rings are definitely more durable.  And, I'll be honest, I think the rings would fare better with little kids than sticks but just as effective.

You can get shower curtain rings just about anywhere including Amazon:


You can also get multi-colored ribbon just about anywhere too like this pack from Amazon:


The ribbon length on the wands I currently have are approximately 16" so I'd cut these ribbons into 36" strips.  I'd tie maybe 2 or 3 of the same colored strips around the ring, with a double knot in the center of each ribbon, securing each knot to the ring with a dab of hot glue (optional).  Then repeating with all of the colors until the ring was 1/3 - 1/2 full.

I'd also elicit the help of the Young Women or Activity Day girls in my ward as well - this would be a very easy service project that they could handle.

So I ask you - what have you done to create and use wands in your primary?  Leave a comment!

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