This is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas for singing time. I have a set of "Kids Play Hand Bells" that I let the children use to play some Christmas songs and primary songs. I am excited because this year I have added an extension of the set so that we can now do other songs that weren't possible before because of the limited notes we were able to play. Each hand bell is a different color and also has a number on it.I made posters with the song written by numbers and color.
I teach the children how to hold the bells and how to ring them. I emphasize that when they pick up a bell they are to see how quiet they can keep it. I make sure that each child has a turn to play. They usually get to do at least 2 songs each. Last year I had the teachers all come up and take a turn, and the kids actually did a better job then they did! ha. For the sunbeam age kids I have the presidency help by tapping them on the head when it is their turn. They however caught on really fast and were ready to ring their bell when it was their turn.