A music baton is a simple aid that the children love to use. I made mine by painting a thin dowel with acrylic craft paint and then fashioned a handle with some extra bicycle handle bar tape that was in the drawer. I've always intended to replace it with a real one, but this one keeps doing the job. Batons are easily used with any song and by even the youngest of children. Help them begin to feel and emphasize the beat rather than patterns. The older children can quickly learn a sideways figure eight pattern. This matches almost everything and helps the children feel confident and professional. If you don't use one already, make a baton this week and watch all the hands go up when you call for a helper!