We are trying to get the children initiating their own independent musical play with a limited collection of instruments, props, puppets etc in a basket. The idea is that each song in our repertoire has an item (or if no item a "song card"). The teacher models / teaches the musical activities then places items in the music area for children to use later. We are trying this because we now have about 50 children in one (large) space and having a huge range of instruments available at all times is not managable anymore. I am really committed to getting children to "play" with music independently. Any one got any other ideas?