Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween


“Boo-ling” 
For this activity, you will need bowling pins (I picked mine up at Target), paper ghosts, and a small ball or pumpkin. Write song titles on the back of the ghosts and tape them to the bowling pins.  Set the pins up and have a child roll the ball toward them.  If the child knocks down one pin, that's the song you sing.  If a few pins are knocked down, he or she can choose between the songs.  If a strike is bowled, the child gets to choose his or her favorite primary song.  Once a song is chosen, remove that pin.  You could also just tape the ghosts to the pins without songs written on the back.  If the child bowls a strike, he or she gets to pick the song.  If not, the chorister picks.

Halloween Ring Toss 
This idea was found on www.iheartprimarymusic.blogspot.com.  Use 6 empty 2-liter pop bottles as bowling pins (wrap them with Halloween scrapbook paper to make them cute).  Use diving rings or paper plates with the middles cut out for your rings.  Put a number on the top of each lid to represent a song to sing.  Choose a child to try throwing a ring around a bottle...each child gets 3 chances.   

Mummy Wrap
This activity is super simple and the children always love it.  You will need several rolls of toilet paper.  Select two children to come up…one to be the mummy and one to wrap the toilet paper.  Have the child wrap the other in toilet paper like a mummy while the rest of the children sing a song.

Witches Brew
This activity was seen on www.iheartprimarymusic.blogspot.com.  You will need a large pot (cauldron), straws, and clipart images to serve as “ingredients” (for example, a bat, pumpkin, ghost, spider, etc.).  Write a song to sing on the back of each one.  Choose a child to suck up an stew ingredient with the straw and put it in the pot.  Sing the corresponding song.

Trick-Treat-or-Share?
This idea came from www.beehivemessages.blogspot.com.  Place TRICK, TREAT, or SHARE cards in a trick-or-treat bag.  Choose a child to pick a card from the basket.  If a TRICK CARD is chosen, the child will have to do a music trick.  Possible tricks are:
1.         Line up prophet photos in order and then sing “Latter-day Prophets” as a group.
2.         Line up all of the Book of Mormon books in order and then sing “Books of the Book of Mormon” as a group.
3.         Sing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” backwards with the motions as a group.

If a TREAT CARD is chosen, special music treats are given.  For example:
1.        Girls sing for the boys
2.        Boys sing for the girls
3.        Teachers sing to the Primary children

If a SHARE CARD is chosen, the children pick their favorite song.  They could also lead the music, play the piano (if they know how to play), sing a solo, etc. 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Primary Program Review


Dr. Diagnosis
This idea is courtesy of my creative friend who is also a chorister.  Have a man in your ward dress up like a doctor…we were fortunate to have an actual doctor in our ward who was willing to participate.  He brought his own bag and instruments.  However, a toy doctor kit would also work.  Outfit the doctor with a white lab coat and a clipboard.

Print out a form for each song beforehand with instructions on how the song needs to be improved…this is for the chorister’s and doctor’s eyes-only!  Introduce “Dr. Diagnosis” to the children and explain that he heard some of their program songs were “sick” and needed a doctor’s special attention.  Present the doctor with a patient (song) to be diagnosed (give him the form for the chosen song).  As you sing each of the songs, have Dr. Diagnosis wander around the room…he can listen to the children’s hearts with his stethoscope, shine is light in their mouths, feel their foreheads for fever, check their ears, pretend to give shots, etc.  After each song, have him give his diagnosis.

Songs may need the following:
Shot:  " shot of enthusiasm"
Alcohol:  "to clean it up...a little sloppy"
Blood Pressure Cuff:  "pump it up"
Pills:  "relieve the pain" (doesn't sound like you are enjoying it)
Tongue Depressor:  "lazy tongue...say words clearly"
Stethoscope:  "work on breathing"
Ointment:  "rub on face to smile more"
Thermometer:  "too hot...too loud...calm down a little" etc.

An incentive poster can also be made.  Title the poster “Primary Song Hospital”.  Write 3 categories across the top of the poster:  Intensive Care Unit, Recovery, and Discharge.  Make slips of paper with song titles and tape them down the side of the poster.  All songs start out in the Intensive Care Unit.  As improvements are made, songs can move to a higher ward in the Primary Song Hospital.  Once all songs have been “discharged”, the children get a reward…a sucker, bouncy ball, or other prize given at a doctor’s office would be cute.

The Greatest Show On Earth
Who doesn’t love going to the circus?  This idea was originally seen at www.iheartprimarymusic.blogspot.com.

Introduce the activity by saying, “Tickets please, tickets.  Step right up for the greatest show on earth…The (Your Ward’s Name) Primary Program!”

Place the names of your circus acts and/or games on a spinner.  Have a child spin to see which activity he or she gets to do.  If you don’t have a spinner, adhere names of acts to the sides of a large die or put them on strips of paper in a sack/container.  After the child completes the activity, sing a song.

Possible Circus Acts & Games include:
Duck pond - Place 3 rubber ducks in a row on the table. Have a child choose 1 duck.  If the duck with the “x” on the bottom is chosen, he or she gets to pick how to sing the song (use “Sing like a…” discs found at http://divinesecretsofaprimarychorister.blogspot.com/2008/11/sing-like.html).  If not, sing normal.

Tight Rope – Lay a rope out on the ground.  Have a child pick a paper strip describing how to perform tricks on the rope (while the group sings a song).  Tricks can include:  normal, sideways, backwards, one arm in air, toe to heel, eyes closed, etc.

Lion Tamer - Tape paper flames around a hula-hoop.  Pick 2 children…one to hold the hula-hoop while the other throws a stuffed lion through it. Give 3 chances…if all 3 go through the hoop, the child chooses how to sing the song. 
Clown Alley - Have a child dress up like a clown & lead the song.

Pin the nose on the clown (Hot-n-Cold) – Place a large picture of a clown on the chalkboard.  Blindfold a child and give him or her a red nose to pin on the clown.  Tell the other children to sing loud when the child is near where the nose should go and soft when he or she is far away.

Ring Toss – I found an inexpensive ring toss game at Toys-r-Us.  However, 2-liter bottles and a diving ring could also be used.  Have a child try to toss the rings on the stakes/bottles.  Determine how many rings the child has to get on to win…if he or she succeeds, have him or her pick how to sing the song.  If not, sing normal.

Juggler – Have a child try to juggle while the rest of the children sing a song.

Guess Your Weight – Bring a scale from home.  Pick two children…one to step on the scale and the other to guess how much the child weighs.  If the child guesses within 5 pounds of the actual weight, he or she gets to choose which program song to sing.

Milk Bottle Game – Place a stack of cans or bottles on a table…I used plastic bowling pins.  Have a child throw a ball and try to knock them all over.  If he or she succeeds, have him or her pick which program song to sing.

An incentive poster for passing off songs can also be used.  Title the poster “The Greatest Show on Earth”.  List songs down the side of the poster.  The object is for all songs to earn 3 tickets each.  Each one starts out with zero tickets.  As improvements are made, tape tickets beside the song titles.  Once they’ve all received 3 tickets, the children earn a “circus treat”…for example, a pixie stick, candy circus peanuts, or tootsie rolls.

Primary Singing Olympics
Choose who gets to come up by passing a torch around the room while the pianist plays (hot potato style).  I fashioned my torch out of a flashlight and colored cellophane.  This was fun because you could actually turn it on and it looked like flames.  Another idea is to make one out of a toilet paper roll and tissue or construction paper.

Place each of the game titles in a sack or on a spinner. Have each child who receives the torch draw or spin to see which game he or she will be participating in.  Once a game has been chosen, remove it from the sack or spinner (if using the spinner, add another game after one has been removed). 

The following activities serve as your "games": 


Basketball - I used my Little Tikes basketball hoop but an over-the-door hoop would also work.  Have the child try to make a basket.  If it’s made, he or she gets to choose the song.  If not, you choose it. 


Long Jump - Place three papers spaced evenly in a row on the floor that read "Chorister's Pick", "Teacher's Pick", and “Your Pick".  Have a child see how far he or she can jump.  Whatever paper the child lands on or closest to determines the song. 
 

Swimming - Have the child lead the group in "Do as I am Doing" swimming (swimmer's arms).  This would also work for running, rowing, Equestrian, Taekwando etc.


Archery - Wal-Mart & Target sell inexpensive bow and arrow sets.  Make a target and place it on the bulletin board.  Have a child try his or her skills...if the target is hit, he or she picks the song.  If not, you pick the song.  You could also make a target that has different ways to sing the song on it.  Whichever one hit is how you sing.  For example: hum, stop/go, fast/slow, quiet/loud, etc.  I have visuals I've made that say each of these...the child gets to raise and lower them while everyone else follows.  This would also work for shooting using a Nerf gun.


Volleyball - Have the children pass a beach ball around the room while singing. A balloon would also work. 


Diving - Have the child stand on a chair and try to drop a Polly Pocket into a mason jar or other container with a smaller opening.  Another idea is to use a clothespin.  If the object goes in the jar, the child gets to choose the song.  If not, you do.

Gymnastics - Sing "Hinges".  Gymnasts definitely have to have hinges!!!


Javelin - Have the child throw a swim noodle.  Again, you can place distances on the floor using tape or papers to determine how to sing the song or which song to sing.


Discus - This is the same thing as the javelin but with a paper plate "discus".

Karate - Have the child karate chop a plastic Easter egg or other object that breaks open easily.  Have the name of the song to sing inside.

High Jump - Put song titles on small squares of paper and stack them high on the wall.  Have a child jump as high as he or she can to grab a song.

Shot Putt - Put numbers representing songs in the bottom of a muffin tin.  Have a child stand at a line on the floor and see if he or she can toss a cotton ball into one.  Sing the corresponding song.

Give each child a "gold medal" at the end.  Gold candy coins or Rolos work well. 


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Back to School


School Supplies – Fill a backpack with various school supplies.  Attach the saying to each one.  Have a child choose an item from the backpack and then sing the corresponding song.

Eraser                        We have been blessed with the gift of repentance.  We can “erase” our mistakes!
                                    Repentance p. 98

Glue Stick                 Stick to the Savior’s example like glue.  If you do so, you will always choose the right!
                                    I’m Trying to Be like Jesus p. 178, Jesus Once Was a Little Child p. 59

Pencil                         The scriptures contain the written words of Prophets.  We can read them to learn how to return to our Heavenly Father and Savior.
Book of Mormon Stories p. 118, Seek the Lord Early p. 108, Search, Ponder, and Pray p. 109

Crayons                    Always remember your Primary Colors.  Red is for courage to do what is right, yellow’s for service from morning til night, blue is for truth in your thought and your deed. You will be happy when this is your creed!
                                    Our Primary Colors p. 258

Sharpener                Stay “sharp” and be in-tune.  Always listen for the still small voice.  He will help you choose the right!
                                    The Holy Ghost p. 105

Calculator                The best way to “calculate” how to return to Heavenly Father
                                    is to follow His plan!
                                    I Will Follow God’s Plan p. 164

Ruler                           Always follow Heavenly Father’s “rules”.  If you do, you will be blessed!
                                    Keep the Commandments p. 146

Scissors                      “Cut” things from your life that aren’t pleasing to Heavenly Father.  When we follow the teachings of Jesus and choose the right, we will always be happy!
                                    Choose the Right Way p. 160

Folders – This idea was originally seen Sugardoodle (credit unknown).  Buy different colored school folders and label the fronts with school subjects.  On the inside, write a Primary song that corresponds to the subject.  Have a child choose a folder and then sing the song.  Possible subjects are:

Biology                      My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228
Art                              Our Primary Colors p. 258
Anatomy                  Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes p. 275
Music                         Hum Your Favorite Hymn p. 152
Science                     When I Am Baptized p. 103
Reading                    The Books in the Book of Mormon p. 119, Scripture Power
Recess                       Do As I'm Doing p. 276
P.E.                              Hinges p. 277
Math                          Keep the Commandments p. 146
Social Studies           Children All Over the World p. 16
History                        Book of Mormon Stories p. 118
Geography              Called to Serve p. 174

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Prayer

August Week 1: The scriptures teach me how to pray.

The song for this month is "A Child's Prayer".  Most of your primary children should be familiar with this song...you may just need to review it.  The Friend magazine provides an activity that lends itself well to this week's theme.  See here.

Assign a song for practice to each person who prayed (be sure to have "A Child's Prayer" as one of the songs).  The Friend only provides 4 people so I will be adding a few additional ones.  Place cards with these people & the scripture reference in a container to draw from.  Place large visuals of the "why he/she prayed" and "what happened" cards on the chalkboard.  I will be printing mine out on 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper.  Be sure to mix them up!  Choose a child to pick a card & read it out loud...the person and the scripture reference.  Have the rest of the children match the "who" and "what" that go with the person.  Sing a song for practice.

*I am going to add the following scriptural figures:
Alma - Prayed for help in teaching the Zoramites.  Asked Heavenly Father to comfort him and his companions and give them strength in their missionary work.  See chapter 31.
Ammon - See Alma 27:4-5, 10-12
King Mosiah - See Mosiah 28:6-7
The Primary Children - See Moroni 10:3-5

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pioneer Day


I like to do activities for Pioneer Day throughout the month of July.  There are so many fun pioneer songs to sing & your program songs can easily be incorporated into all of these activities.  Have fun!

Pioneer Children – Another classic made by my mother.  Choose a child to put their face through the visual while singing a Pioneer Day song.  This works especially well with “Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked” p. 214.


Bonnets – Assign a song to each bonnet.  Have a child pick a bonnet and then sing the corresponding song.


Wagon Wheel of Fortune – This idea is courtesy of “The Ordinary Adventures of a Primary Chorister” blog (www.basicprimarymusic.blogspot.com).  Select 6 graphics and tape them to a large spinner.  I used one that I bought from Oriental Trading.
Graphics can be found at http://basicprimarymusic.blogspot.com/2010/07/pioneer-wagon-wheel-of-fortune.html.  Explain that, "When the Pioneers were traveling across the prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains to reach the Salt Lake Valley, they encountered many adventures!  We are going to sings songs today that teach us about their journeys.  First we will spin the spinner on the wagon wheel.  The spinner will land on a picture of one of their adventures, and I will explain how we will sing the pioneer song."   Select a child to spin.  Sing the song according to the graphic where the spinner stops.
Ox:                              Sing very slowly
                                     "Teams of oxen were used to pull heavy wagons.
Oxen are very slow animals, but because they are stronger than horses or mules, many pioneers used them to pull their heavy wagons."
Bunny rabbit:           Sing very fast
"Rabbits were seen along the pioneer trail. Rabbits are FAST and hard to catch!"
Pioneer girl:              Only girls sing (Put girl pioneer clothes on a girl)
                                    "These are some of the things pioneer girls would wear."
Pioneer boy:            Only boys sing  (Put boy pioneer clothes on a boy)
                                    "These are some of the things pioneer boys would wear."
Cowboy boot:         Sing western style
"Lots of pioneer boys and girls your age were real cowboys and cowgirls! They drove cows and other animals all by themselves along the pioneer trek!"
Snake:                        Sing very quietly
"Yes, there were rattlesnakes! If the pioneers encountered a rattlesnake it was best to be very quiet and not disturb it!"
Native American:  Children trade seats
"There were many, many encounters with Indians along the trails.  Pioneers would 'TRADE' some of their precious items (jewelry, dishes, toys, furniture) for much needed food, or furs and blankets to keep warm."
Ax & Wood:              Sing "choppy" (staccato)
"Children had the job of collecting firewood for campfires. When there were no trees for wood, they would collect sagebrush or buffalo dung to burn in their campfires!
Beehive & Bee:        If the child holds this picture up high in the air, everyone hums. When the child hides the picture, everyone sings the words. 
                                    "The Pioneers wanted to call their new home 'Deseret', which meant 'honey bee' in the Jaredite language in the Book of Mormon. The honey bee was symbolic for how industrious or 'busy' the pioneers were, just like bees!"
Ant:                            Stomp to the beat
"Sometimes insects, like ants, invaded the pioneer camps. Pioneers had to stomp to get the ants off their bodies! Yikes!"
Cow:                          Hot-n-Cold (A child leaves the room while someone hides the cow in the room. When the child returns, the rest of the children sing loud when he/she is close to the cow and softly when he/she is not close).
                                    "If a cow wandered away from the pioneer camps, sometimes children your age had to search for them and bring them back to the camp."
Mountains:               Echo sing (Divide the children in two and have the first group sing a phrase of the song.  The second group echoes the first.  Have the pianist play each phrase twice throughout the entire song.) "When the pioneers finally reached the mountains they discovered some places in canyons, between two mountains, that would echo anything they said or sang!"

After each picture has been landed on with the spinner and used, replace it with a new picture. 





Monday, June 17, 2013

BYU Women's Conference - Primary Singing Time Ideas

I had the opportunity to create a Sharing Station for BYU Women's Conference this year.  I was beyond thrilled when I received the topic, "Primary Singing Time Fun".  I had never been to Women's Conference before so I wasn't sure what to expect...talk about a wonderful experience!  It was so great to chat with all of the amazing women who strolled through my booth.  I met many choristers and was able to share my ideas with them as well as hear some of theirs.  One thing that remained consistent with every chorister was the LOVE they all had for their calling.  It truly is the best calling in the church.  We are so blessed to teach these sweet children about the gospel through music each week & to learn from their testimonies.

You can view my virtual sharing station & handouts here.  I shared ideas for the following topics:
Games
Seasonal Activities
Wiggle Songs
Program Review Activities
New Children
Birthdays
Singing Motivators
How to Teach a Song
Song Ideas for the Weekly Themes (correspond with the Sharing Time Outline)
Monthly Planning Worksheet
Resources

Monday, June 10, 2013

Dress A Father


This visual was made by my mother YEARS ago.  It is truly vintage Primary!  It’s a classic that I continue to bring out each year and the children love it as much as I did as a child.  Display the father visual and tell the children that you are going to help him get ready for work/church…be sure to make his hair look extra messy.  Assign a song to each item and place them in a small suitcase.  Choose a child to select an item and place it on the father.  Sing the corresponding song.  Items are as follows:  a comb to straighten his hair, a razor (remove the blade or keep the cover on) to shave his face (remove the sandpaper), a hat, a shirt, a tie, and a jacket.




Saturday, June 8, 2013

Week 2: If I live worthily, the Holy Ghost will help me choose the right.

Hop To It - This idea was originally seen here.  I did this a couple years ago and the children LOVED it.  You will need 6-8 plastic leaping frogs...I bought mine at the dollar store but I have also seen larger ones at JoAnn's.  Number each frog.  Place a start line with tape on the floor. Begin by asking the children what gift we are given when we are baptized.  Ask the children what the Holy Ghost helps us do.  Call 2 children up at a time and have them each share a way that they can live worthily.  Next, have them each pick a frog and place them on the start line.  As you say, "On your mark, get set, GO" the children press down on their frogs to make them leap. Whatever frog leaps the farthest is the song that you sing.

Close by bearing your testimony of the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Explain to the children that if they live worthily, the Holy Ghost will help them make correct choices.

Other songs for practice this week could include: "The Holy Ghost" p. 105, "Listen, Listen" p. 107, "The Still Small Voice" p. 106.


Listen to the Still Small Voice - The Friend magazine this month (June 2013) has a darling activity that teaches how the Holy Ghost helps us choose the right.  It can be found here.

Place the pictures in a bag and the words on the table.  Choose a child to select a picture from the bag and find the words that match the picture.  After a match is made, sing a song.

*This could also be done as classic memory.  Tape the pictures and the words to the chalkboard with the backs facing out, creating a memory game.  Have a child try to make a match.  When a match is made, sing a song.



When I Am Baptized

Hello!  Sorry for my lack of posting.  Life in the month of May was a little crazy around here...I am sure many of you can relate!  But now summer is upon us & I welcome the slower pace that accompanies it.  I am sure most of you have already made a visual for "When I Am Baptized", but I thought I would still share mine.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Week 3: Prophets teach me to pay tithing.

A darling idea for teaching this theme can be found here.  Why reinvent the wheel???  A PDF for a piggy bank is provided but if you do not want to make it, you can always use a real one.  Assign songs for practice to 9 quarters.  Invite a child to drop a quarter into the bank & then sing the corresponding song. Keep the tenth quarter out so you can talk about giving the Lord one tenth (put in a tithing envelope).  Bear your testimony of the blessings that are received from paying a full tithe.  Have fun!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Build-a-Mother


This idea is courtesy of www.iheartprimarymusic.blogspot.com.  I drew my own.  Have the children pick pieces and assemble the mother.  For each piece, read the poem and sing a song. 








Legs/Feet:  Her feet are busy all day long, with loving tasks to make me strong.  They lead me in the righteous way and guide me if I go astray.

Knees:  Whether playing a game or scrubbing the floors, her knees bend willingly to every chore.  And kneeling in prayer with me each night, she teaches me how to do what's right.

Lap:  There's a special place my mother has made where I can go when I'm hurt or afraid; Or if I just need a hug or nap, I climb into my mother's lap.

Heart: A mother's heart may be quite small in size, but forgiving the most, it wins the grand prize.  Her love's given freely, without any strings, but to see it returned will make her heart sing.

Arms:  When loving her children, her arms are so gentle; when protecting from harm, they can be hard as metal.  They can hold, lift, and carry heavy burdens or light.  But a mom's arms are best when they're hugging you tight.

Hands:  A mom's hands keep busy throughout the long day, preparing meals and cleaning away.  Whether mending a shirt or wiping a tear, whenever I need help, my mom's hands appear.

Shoulders:  Though she might not have the broadest of shoulder, they're able to lift some of life's heaviest boulders.  Moms are able to share your worries with care, and when you need a good cry, her shoulder's always there.

Face:  Obedient to the Lord, Mom's face is a sample of a lifetime of service and good example.  The laughter and joy lines make it special, you see, for each one was put there by children like me.

Eyes:  Her eyes shine with pride over each child's good deed, though sometimes a tear may slide down her cheek.  With protecting care they watch me at play, and seek every chance to help me each day.

Mouth:  From her mouth I hear stories of what Jesus would do.  She speaks words of truth and encouragement, too.  I love hearing her laughter and seeing her smile.  You see, Mom's my best friend--and I like her style!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Ideas


"Eggs"-entration
Make or print clipart images of non-matching Easter eggs.  You will need at least 12-16 (for a total of 6-8 matches).  Write numbers, song titles, lines from songs ("Whenever I hear the song of a bird" on one & "or look at the blue, blue sky" on the other), or keywords for songs on the back of each egg.  Pictures representing the topic/keyword of the songs would also work.  Lay them out on the table or tape them to the chalkboard.  Have a child try to make a match.  Whenever a match is made, sing the corresponding song.





Easter "Do As I'm Doing"
I purchased these masks & ears from the Target dollar section, but I have seen similar items at Michael's.  Make Easter action cards that say, "Hop like a bunny", "Peck like a chick", "Roll like an egg", "Gambol like a lamb", etc.  Simply have a child draw a card & lead the rest of the children in "Do As I'm Doing" Easter style!  Have him or her wear the mask or ears that corresponds to the card chosen.

Easter Egg Hunt
Place song titles in plastic Easter eggs & hide them around the room.  Choose a child to find an egg.  Sing the song inside.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Week 4: Jesus Christ is our Savior

If you did not do the activity I posted for week 1, it would also work well for this week.  See the post here.

Another idea is to put the following scriptures in plastic Easter eggs.  Each scripture contains a message that Christ taught.  Have a child pick an egg and read the scripture.  Have the child identify what the Savior taught us & discuss it with the group.  Sing the corresponding song.

Opening song - Tell Me the Stories of Jesus p. 57

John 13:34-35 - Love One Another p. 136
Mark 16:15 - The Church of Jesus Christ p. 77
3 Nephi 11:37 - Baptism p. 100
3 Nephi 18:19 - A Child's Prayer p. 12
Matthew 5: 16 - Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam p. 60
John 15: 10-12 - I Feel My Savior's Love p. 74
John 13:15  - I'm Trying to Be like Jesus p. 78
Matthew 5:14-16 - I Am like a Star p. 163
John 13:17 - Choose the Right Way p. 160
Matthew 5:43-46 - Jesus Said Love Everyone p. 61

Bear your testimony of the Savior, His life, and the Atonement.  Testify that Jesus provided us with a perfect example to follow.  He then gave His life so we could all be saved from sin.  He is truly our Savior.  Close by singing "He Sent His Son" (p. 57).

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jesus Christ is Our Savior - Week 3

This is a continuation from last week's activity.  Again, you may intersperse this activity with teaching "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" or other song practice.  You will need the following numbered eggs with objects placed inside them:

Egg 10 - Piece of white cloth & Egg 11 - Spices

One of Jesus' disciples asked Pilate if he could care for Jesus' body after He died. Pilate agreed to let him do this.  Mary & Mary Magdalene wrapped Jesus' body in linen & used spices to preserve His body.  They would return to do this again in a few days.

Egg 12 - Rock

A large rock was rolled in front of the tomb.  The Pharisees asked Pilate to place a guard in front of the tomb...Jesus had told them that He would rise on the third day.  They were afraid that the disciples might come & take the body to make it look like Jesus had risen.

Egg 13 - Empty egg

An angel of the Lord descended from heaven & rolled back the stone from the tomb.  When Mary & Mary Magdalene returned, they entered the tomb & saw an angel of the Lord who told them, "Be not affrighted:  Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified; He is risen; He is not here."  Mary Magdalene ran to tell Jesus' disciples.  They ran to the tomb & saw that it was empty.

Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene while she was in the garden mourning.  She turned & saw Jesus standing there, but she did not recognize Him.  She thought He was the gardener or caretaker.  Jesus called Mary by her name...she realized it was the Savior & cried, "Rabboni" (Master).  Jesus asked Mary not to touch Him because He had not yet ascended to His Father in Heaven.  He told her to go to the apostles & tell them what she had seen.

Bear testimony of your love for the Savior, the resurrection, & the blessings we receive from it.

Other songs for practice include:
On a Golden Springtime
Did Jesus Really Live Again?
Jesus Has Risen

Sunday, March 3, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

St. Patrick's Day is actually on Sunday this year!!!  Here are some fun & simple ideas to incorporate the holiday into singing time.

Leprechaun Hats
I found these mini hats at Harmon's grocery store but I have also seen them at various craft stores (JoAnn's & Michael's).  Simply create a memory game by numbering the insides of the hats.  Pictures representing the keywords of the songs you'd like to sing also work.  Place the hats in rows on the table.  Invite a child to try & find a match.  When a match is made, sing the corresponding song.



St. Patty's Day Rainbow
Create a rainbow on the chalkboard using various colors of crate paper.  Assign a song to each color of the rainbow.  Have a child come up & choose one of the colors off the rainbow.  Sing the corresponding song.  Since there's always a "pot of gold" at the end of a rainbow, provide each child with a gold treat at the end of singing time.  Harmon's & Orson Gygi sell gold chocolate coins but they are kind of pricey.  I have used Rolos in the past.  A fun size bag of Skittles would also be cute (the colors of the rainbow).  Whatever the treat, place it in a black pot (I found a plastic one at Target).

Magic Shoes
I originally found this idea on Sugardoodle & it was a total hit.  Find or make a pair of green shoes.   Talk to a member of your primary presidency beforehand about wearing the shoes (Disclaimer: it will require dancing).  Explain to the children that a Leprechaun has left a pair of magic dancing shoes.  These shoes cause whoever wears them to dance.  The better the children sing, the better the shoes work.  Instruct the person wearing the shoes to start off dancing slowly...maybe just tapping their feet.  As the children sing well, have the helper start to dance more quickly.  When I did this, many of the children wanted to try wearing the shoes (especially the oldest boys).  Use your discretion...this can be a lot of fun but has the potential to get rowdy!

Shamrocks
I found my shamrocks at JoAnn's.  A clipart image will also work.  Number the back of the shamrocks & assign a song to each one.  Tape the shamrocks underneath the chairs throughout the room.  At the beginning of singing time, have the children check underneath their chairs.  Have the "lucky" children with shamrocks come up one at a time to lead the song.  Sing the corresponding song.


Leprechaun Leader
I found all of these items at JoAnn's last year.  Simply have a child wear the leprechaun mask or green glasses & lead the group using the "lucky" wand.



*A fun way to determine who gets to participate during all of these games is to place shamrocks underneath the children's chairs.  At the beginning of singing time, have the children check to see how "lucky" they are...those with shamrocks get to be the helpers during the chosen activity.

Jesus Christ is Our Savior - Week 2

This week's sharing time focuses specifically on the Atonement & Crucifixion.  I have done the following activity several times & it ALWAYS invites the spirit.  I am sure many of you have seen this before, but I feel that the best way to teach is often through repetition.

This activity will be spread over two weeks...the first week focuses on the Atonement & Crucifixion while the second week focuses on the Resurrection.  You will need numbered plastic eggs with the following objects placed inside them:

Egg 1 - Sacrament cup

Jesus introduces the sacrament at the Passover dinner.  This is known as the Last Supper because it was Jesus' last supper before he was crucified.  Jesus told his disciples what would happen that night & that one of them would betray Him.

Egg 2 - White cloth with drops of blood on it (use red food coloring)

Jesus led his disciples to a garden of olive trees called Gethsemane.  He asked Peter, James, & John to wait for Him nearby while He went to pray.  While Jesus prayed, He "atoned" for our sins...He bled from every pour of His body because He was suffering for the sins of all people.

Egg 3 - 3 dimes & Egg 4 - Chocolate kiss

After Jesus finished praying, Judas came with a group of men carrying clubs & swords.  The Pharisees (Jewish leaders) paid Judas 30 pieces of silver to take them to Jesus.  Judas showed them who Jesus was by kissing Him on the cheek.  The men took Jesus & led him to the high priest.  The high priest questioned Jesus.  They hit Him & spit on Him.

Egg 5 - Piece of yarn & Egg 6 - Piece of soap

The next morning, the soldiers tied Jesus' hands & took him to the governor (Pontias Pilate).  Pilate asked Jesus many questions & did not think Jesus had done anything wrong.  The Pharisees told Pilate that Jesus should die.  Pilate did not want any trouble withe the Pharisees so he told his soldiers to crucify Jesus.  He washed his hands before the multitude saying that he found no fault with Jesus & that crucifying Him was their choice.

Egg 7 - Thorns & Egg 8 - Piece of red cloth

Pilate's soldiers stripped Jesus & beat Him with whips.  They put a red robe on Him & placed a crown of thorns upon His head.  They mocked Him by saying "Hail, King of the Jews".  They spit upon Him.

Egg 9 - Nail

Jesus was taken to a hill (Calvary) near Jerusalem to be crucified.  They nailed Him to a cross.  They put nails in His feet, hands, & wrists.  Jesus prayed, asking Heavenly Father to forgive the soldiers who crucified Him because they did not understand that He was the Savior.

Egg 10 - Small rocks

About 3 hours after Jesus was nailed to the cross, the sky became very dark.  The darkness lasted about 3 hours.  Jesus' suffering was so great that it was almost more than He could stand.  He cried out, "My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken me?"  Jesus then said, "I thirst".  Someone dipped a sponge in vinegar, placed it on a stick, & put it up to Jesus' mouth.  In a loud voice, Jesus said, "It is finished.  Father into Thy hands, I commend my spirit."  Jesus bowed His head & His spirit left His body.  He had accomplished what He came to earth to do...He had completed it on His own.  The earth immediately began to shake.

Invite a child (or two children on those with two eggs) to come up & open an egg.  Discuss the objects & then sing a song of your choice.  You can focus on teaching "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" or you can practice additional songs about the Savior as well.   Close by bearing testimony of the Savior's atonement & His love for each of us.

Other songs for practice might include:
To Think about Jesus
He Sent His Son
I Lived in Heaven