Here is a SUPER simple idea that is fun to use any time! I call it the Smile Stick - and it's used to make children smile. This can be a huge tool during program prep, when we focus a lot on the children smiling and looking happy. Use it to choose helpers, as a conducting wand, and any other way you can think of! It's simple - just tape some feathers to a dowel. Leave the dowel long (I bought mine at WalMart for 25cents, it's 36" long) so you can reach the kids sitting further away from you. It's sure to bring a smile - for one, it tickles. And for two, it's something new!
Thanks to Georgia for letting me interrupt her movie to try it out!