A few months ago, I decided to make a Conducting Elephant. On white poster board, my oldest daughter drew a cute elephant for me. I colored it & cut out a circular hole in place of the elephant's trunk.
I found a large piece of cardboard. I cut it slightly larger around than the poster board. I painted the outer edges green and about an inch wide. I painted the "trunk" edge pink. This trunk hole is slightly SMALLER than the elephant's actual trunk circle. It helps keep the abused look to a minimum. I found 6 used canning jar lids & glued them to the cardboard.
I placed magnets on the back of the elephant poster board, lining them up with the jar lids. I chose to take the time for this so that I can make other posters later & just be able to switch them as needed.
Lastly, I made a handle out of heavy cardboard & glued it onto the back of the cardboard. I used 527 Glue.
And there you have it: Conducting Elephant!
I have multiple old long socks for the children to choose from. They place the sock on their conducting arm & use it as the elephant's trunk to help lead the music. I use this prop only for the Jr. Primary. The Sr. are just way too cool for it. I sometimes need to help the kids hold up the elephant. It is a bit heavy. But they love it & sing beautifully!
If this looks familiar it's because I had this idea posted on Sugardoodle http://www.sugardoodle.net/joomla/ just a couple of months ago. Great website!