Baton Wands

So awhile back friend of mine asked if I would be willing to help teach the Activity Day Girls* how to lead music...{pausing to wait for the laughing to die down}. Apparently, being the primary chorister** I've fooled a couple people into thinking I might actually know something about music. Okay, maybe I do have a graceful little conducting style going on... but more importantly, they are a group of darling girls, so I really had no choice but to say yes. 

And what does one do when they have to give a lesson about something they really don't know a whole lot about?

Make up for it with a fun handout! Candy always works, but it was going to have to be my saving grace, so it better be good.

Now I don't know if it was pure inspiration or my secret desire to always have one of my very own, but somehow I got the crazy idea to make everyone a baton (including myself, of course). So with a prayer in my heart, off to Michael's I went! (You think I'm kidding about the praying part). And after looking for a few minutes, I found sitting next to each other in that random wooden trinkets isle


and this...

stick them together like this...

add a little wood glue, tape and paint,  and what do you get?

Aqua Batons!

 As it turns out, I'm not the only girl who thought it would be fun to use one. And my dream of being able to tap my music stand when they got chatty came true as well. All in all it was a success.

Now, all the while making these I couldn't shake the feeling (something proved later to me by my kids) what I had really made, in fact, was nothing but a Harry Potter wand.

Doesn't she make a cute litte Hermione?

So whether you find yourself wanting to throw a Harry Potter themed birthday party or feeling a desire to  gracefully wave a stick around to some music, you are good to go.

*8-12 year old girls in our church
**music time leader for the children in our church each Sunday


  1. SO CUTE! I'm an achievement days leader and I think I will totally use this idea--thank you thank you for posting it!

  2. I would like you to conduct using your magic wand on Sunday! Please? :) (this is rebekah fox and I have officially stalked your blog)

  3. So cute and fun. Glad your dream came true. :)

    Our kids must play Harry Potter together. Your kids are cute.

  4. Way to go the extra mile! Such a cute idea!

  5. Way to go the extra mile! Such a cute idea!

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  8. Ok, so funny story, I kept typing in the two security words below and pressing enter thinking that I just couldn't get the two words right (sometimes they are really hard to read), and I didn't realize it was posting all of them over and over. He he, sorry!

  9. Oh how I adore you. Reading this was almost like sitting next to you in your comfy cozy living room getting ready to watch Chuck and the Bachelor. I miss hanging with you. Xoxo

  10. very clever. I could have used one last week when Letty dressed up as Hermione at school. Instead we used a stick from the park.

  11. what a great activity. those are adorable.