Member Dana noted:  

 

Body sox

are made from lycra material - you can see out but no one can see in. It is like a tube sox - you get in it, pull it all the way up over your head and you can move in it and stretch it out to become a tree, a rock, an animal, etc.

 

 

 

Member Lisa M. compiled the info in the following posts. (Updated and organized by CreativeCarol).

 


 

The Help Exchange is filled with questions and answers about body sox. I have compiled the information below. Have bolded story used or suggested. Also bolded - directions.

On a personal note, we have used our body sox quite a bit in both music and drama rotations. Here are some of my ideas.

 

  • Use when you want to do liturgical dance.  For some reason, when the kids are in the cocoon of the body sox, they seem to be less inhibited about movement.
  • Use for stories that don't have a clear plot. Creation, prophets, Beatitudes, many parables, 1 Corinthians 13, etc. The children move to get a "feel" for the scripture being read by a student or teacher.
  • Use for props when you have more students than characters in a play. The person in the sox can be the stone rolled away in the Easter story or the Red Sea being parted.


Lisa

 

 

 

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Updated by CreativeCarol

Original Post

Where to purchase

Sources have changed over the years. Search the Internet for "Body Sox."

Prices as of 2013 range from $31-$66 (USD) depending on the size.


How to make - Pattern and Construction info

Some info from comments collected over the years...

Jaymie Derden says: We have used Body Sox a lot for a variety of Rotations and even on Wednesday nights! Our kids love 'em!

If you are working with fabric that is not in a tube, there's an easier way to make them. You don't even have to close the opening with anything. Fold the fabric lengthwise and seam it leaving an 18-24" opening in the middle of the back. Then sew both ends closed. You won't even know that there is an opening! Much easier and works fine!

Blessings, Jaymie

Body Sox in use

 

 

For Jaymie Derden's directions for Body Sox see attachment at end of this post.  Body sox shown at left constructed with her directions.

 

 

 

 

Dana provided this info:

There is a pattern on how to make one in a lesson plan from Cornerstones
Cornerstones has gone out of business and so, there went the files.)
It was in the - A Witness to God's Presence (Year One), Creation Unit, and the workshop "Moved by the Spirit". Should you have it in your resource cupboard.

Deborah Diehl reported:

Lycra material can be found at many fabric shops. It comes in a tube shape so it just needs to have one end sewn...straight sewing, nothing fancy. I had a volunteer do it and she was able to make seven body socks in one evening.

Lisa M noted:

Check to make sure that the fabric you get stretches vertically, horizontally and diagonally and that you can see through the material at least a little bit (big safety issue).

SheilaB added:

 You can make different size bags for different size children. I found that if the stretch is good, you want it to go to the chin and when the arms are out straight to the elbows. Just fold material in a square the size you want and seam it into a closed square with an opening at the bottom. The opening should be in the middle and you might zigzag it to prevent fraying.

Barbara in Portland chimed in:

I think you can make it like a pillow sham, kind of a over lapping opening, then use velcro to secure. I'd get a pillow pattern, and follow the instructions for the opening of a sham, the kind you would take off the pillow before sleeping on it. I checked out the body sox the gym at our local school has, and this appears to be how they open- no zipper.

Jennifer

Our seamstress (serger) volunteer made 8 or so, utilizing a 1/2 off fabric sale to purchase lycra at a good value. She said she had fun trying to "look through" the fabric in the store-something you want to make sure is possible, not totally opaque. We have light blue, green, lavender, some have zippers, some have velcro, but that catches on carpeting. It is basically a large rectangle.



Ideas on how to use

Jennifer: 

We found that it is important that all children are "in" sox and not laughing on the outside. Doing warm-up exercises (which I think are included in Cornerstone lessons) is important esp if this is a group's 1st body sox experience, or even in a while. It can really bring out some great expressing!

 SheilaB:

 We just used them to put on the play The Three Trees and the trees were in green body socks and it was a great success. Three of the children were in Body Sox and were the trees, the rest acted out the other parts. It was very powerful. 

Another idea for using it would be to tell the story of creation. You have 2 narrators at the lecturn and voices in the congregation for the other parts and God wears a white body sock and must be able to project well to say the God lines.

I have several body sox but in different colors for different characters they have played. You can use it as a whole group lesson to explore body language too. 

 Lisa M. added:

 This was awesome for creation and interpreting Joseph's dreams!

 


 Have a unique way you've used Body Sox? Scroll down and share using POST REPLY.

Attachments

I made body sox for our church. I used Jaymie's instructions (referenced in above post). I purchased lycra from local

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fabric stores.

 

My suggestions...

 

  • Be sure to make sure the fabric stretches both up and down and from side to side. 
  • Hold the fabric up to your face. Can you see out? If yes, then it's usable. If not, don't use it. (Go ahead, make a strange scene in the fabric store - it's important.)
  • Make most of your body sox in size large. The extra fabric of a smaller kid wearing a size large will be OK but a larger kid can't fit into a size small body sox.
  • Find a variety of colors. But I suggest you avoid "girly" colors - like pink. Do try to get different shades of green (for uses as trees). 
  • Plan to have to shop around. I went to 5 different stores! 
  • An on-line source for fabric is http://www.spandexworld.com/  Very reasonable in price. Request fabric samples of the different types of lycra and spandex. But write down what colors are which fabrics! (I requested some samples but then didn't need to order because I found local sources.) If someone does order from this source please post which type of their fabrics worked for body sox!
  • I sewed our body sox using a sewing machine that could do what was called a "stretch stitch." It took a long time to sew enough body sox so leave plenty of time!
  • Borrow body sox from a local church. A great reason to become a part of a network of Rotation churches. 
  • Do wash them after each use but do so only in cold water on a gentle cycle and hang to dry.
  • Post your lesson plans on this site for how you made use of your body sox.

 

--Carol

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Here is a list of some of the lessons at this site that make use of body sox (or give the option to use body sox in place of scarves).

  • Psalm 100 Audio Visual Workshop here
  • The Sermon on the Mount – Creative Movement Lesson
  • Vine and Branches (John 15: 1-17) – Creative Movement Lesson
  • Pentecost - Music/Movement Lesson here
  • Creation Storytelling and Creative Movement Workshop here
  • Moses: From Bulrushes to Burning Bush - Music and Movement Workshop 
  • Beatitudes: create your own movements to the song “Blessed to be a Witness" (Note: Scroll down to the post "Music - Ben Harper song "Blessed to be a Witness" by Lisa M.)  

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Updated links.

Here's a lesson idea for using body sox...


it is something that I'm thinking of for a Rotation on the Greatest Commandment but would work for just about any story.

Ahead of time: Write short words on cards - words with 5 letters or less - having to do with the lesson. (For the Greatest Commandment we'll use words like God, Love, Heart, Soul, and Mind.)

For the lesson:


1. Divide students into groups of 4-5.
2. Have students pick out a word card and try to create the word with their bodies while wearing body sox.
3. Video tape each group as it "presents" the word (or take photos of each word with an instant camera or a digital camera).
4. Watch the video that was created or look at the photos taken. (Bring the proper wires to hook your digital camera to the TV.)



Later addition: here is a link to the lesson I wrote that incorporated this idea for The Greatest Commandment.
 
Here is the L and the O from "LOVE."

 

 

--Carol

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