My orff group each had the opportunity to play recorder in one of the songs for our Spring Musical. All of them have shoestring lanyards so their recorder is hands free but that doesn't mean that they don't get in the way. They were asking me what they could do with their recorder so that it didn't get in their way when moving from instrument to instrument. So, I came up with this solution.
There were a couple of microphone stands I didn't need for the performance. Some kids hung their recorders here or on the music stand they were using. This was a great way to keep them out of the way when they had to move quickly. We made sure they didn't get mixed up by using different lanyard colors.
WARNING: If not introduced properly, you will end up with a mega knot. I learned this during our first rehearsal.