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This is what Phil is doing tomorrow in Singing Time:-

Animal match-up with pictures from here: http://www.christianpreschoolprintables.com/Pages/FileFolderGames/NoahsAnimals.html

Concentration/Memory is really easy.  He thought this was a safe activity to do after teaching the children ‘Choose the Right’ for 10 mins.

The crazy thing is that he is useless with laminating, so I get that job.  Lucky me!  We cut around the animals and lightly pasted them onto*paper, then laminated them.

The *paper was yellow A5 sheets cut in half so that the children can’t see through and cheat.

I spent about 10 mins teaching the Primary children our 2012 song.  I had them learn the chorus.  Then I sang the verses, and they joined in each Chorus.  The children didn’t find it an overly exciting song, but I’m sure it will grow on them.

Our poor Primary children are coming off their sugar high from Christmas, so I gathered they were going to be a somewhat rowdy bunch today.  Yup, I was right.  Good thing I had organised to do a Truth or Consequences game that I found here: http://basicprimarymusic.blogspot.com/2010/10/truth-or-consequences.html

I adapted the game a little in this way:-

You need:-

  • Truth or Consequences action cards
  • Printout of questions to ask with songs (don’t forget to give a copy to your Pianist so they can find the songs easily)
  • Whiteboard Marker or chalk if you have a chalkboard
  • Co-operative and enthusiastic teachers/Primary presidency

How to play:-

  • Ask a child to come up the front to play.  Ask them a really easy question.
  • If the child gets the question correct, draw a smiley face up on the whiteboard.
  • If the child answers the question incorrectly, they have to choose a consequence card.
  • Sing the song (with the consequence action depending on the outcome).
  • Ask a teacher to come up the front.  Ask them a really hard question.
  • If the teacher gets the question correct, draw a smiley face up on the whiteboard (no teams – it’s just fun to collect smiley faces).
  • Usually the teacher will need to choose a consequence card, or they can have on of their class students choose one for them.
  • Do the song with the consequence action.

We had an absolute blast playing this game.

It is a game that could be played any week this month as it goes fairly well with the theme.

I found a site called Kadenscorner.comthat has some fantastic printables.  You can sign up for free to access 3 downloads (a month, I think), and if you require more, you can pay for a subscription.

I came across these cute gift tags: http://kadenscorner.com/634/printable-snowy-christmas-tags-mini-cards/ and thought a lovely idea for Singing Time would be to prepare a ‘present’ (a box wrapped up nicely), possibly with a scripture inside to read out at the end.  On the outside you could attach a whole heap of the gift tag cards, each with a song to sing.  Plough your way through the songs to get to the present inside.

Great if you want to hand out mini candy canes or lollipops to the children as well, but I like the idea of just having a scripture to read about the Saviour inside.  He is, after all, our greatest gift!

My adorable Primary Children sang in Sacrament Meeting today.  We had a bit of a hiccup – our Primary pianist didn’t get up to play, and I couldn’t see him sitting waaaaaay up the back (what a cheeky man he is! ;D) so I had to ask my husband to hold up the words so that I could play.  We have a great bunch of children who all got up, stood together and didn’t even giggle when one of them got a fit of sneezes right in the middle.

I’m so proud of them!

For Junior Singing Time, I got a large laminated Christmas Tree and labelled laminated ornaments from 1-13 (weird number, I know!).  I gave our Primary Pianist a list of the numbers with songs to go on the back. Here’s what they were:-

  1. (star) I am Like a Star #163
  2. (bell) Christmas Bells #54
  3. (angel) I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus #78
  4. (stocking) Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes #275
  5. (gingerbread man) My Hands #273
  6. (snowflake) I Wiggle #271
  7. (present) Picture a Christmas #50
  8. (candle) Little Jesus #39
  9. (wreath) I am a Child of God #2
  10. (holly and berries) Once there was a Snowman #249
  11. (drum) Fun to Do #253
  12. (bow) Sing a Song #253
  13. (candy cane) Hinges #277

I got the tree and ornaments out of a book I purchased titled ‘Super Singing Activities’. 

You could print out your own tree and ornaments, or use a miniature ‘real’ tree with decorations.

Alison over at her Oopsy Daisy Blog has come up with some fantastic looking ‘Christmas Action Cards’.  You can use them with your little ones at home, or for Nursery, or for Singing Time in Primary. 

I will use them in between our ‘serious’ songs that we are learning for upcoming events.  I can show a card or two during an action song – something like ‘Book of Mormon Stories’ or Popcorn Popping…you know the ones.  I can even use them for more upbeat Christmas songs like ‘Christmas Bells are Ringing’.

The link to Alison’s site is here: http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2010/12/book-advent-day-20-christmas-action.html  They’re about halfway down her post with a download link to them.

Thanks so much Alison!

Oh WOW.  Are we at that time of year already?  I LOVE Christmas time, but it is seeming to come around a bit too fast for me this year.

I’m on top of the main things though. Our Primary music! *big grin*

We are learning an item to sing for our Ward Christmas Party next week, and we have been unofficially asked to sing in Sacrament Meeting.  Unofficially, because it is yet to be confirmed.  We don’t have a Ward Music Chairman at present.  We haven’t actually had one called since I did it – perhaps I scared them ;D (jokes!).  So my husband has been asked if he can assist with some musical items.  He thought it would be great for Primary to sing, but I’m the only one he has told.  Hmmm… *raises eyebrow and looks sideways*

Anyways, we’re having some fun learning some gorgeous Christmas songs and doing some fun songs as well.  I am asking the children, the teachers and our Primary Pianist if they have any favourites.

I also have a container with topics (such as “rain”, “pioneers”, “Spring”, “Reverence” etc).  A child of my choosing takes out a topic and tries to come up with a song to go with that topic.  If they can’t think of any then we suggest some and they choose from those suggestions.  It’s a good break from the ‘norm’.

Have you been asked to sing any musical items with your Primary for Christmas?

Continuing the subject of Reverence…

I printed out the instructions to make a felt Mr Potato here: http://www.sewdangcutecrafts.com/2010/02/felt-mr-potato-head.html.  Combine it with this idea found on Sugar Doodle:

From Barbara Dolman 24th September 2011

For Junior Primary: Materials Needed:
Potato Head with arms, feet, ears, hat, eyes, & lips

Help your children understand that we show our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus by using our hands, arms, feet, eyes, lips, and heads in a reverent way when we are in sacred places and when we pray. It is easier to think loving, reverent thoughts when we are quiet.

Have a child come up and pick a part off the potato head & explain:
Hands and arms-Fold during prayer, keep quiet in our laps, raise to take part.
Feet and legs-Walk quietly, remain still.
Ears-Listen to what is said, listen to the sacred music.
Heads-Bow when prayers are being said and think about Heavenly Father and Jesus.
Eyes-Watch the teacher, bishop, or anyone who is speaking.
Lips-Speak quietly, smile, sing songs, pray, remain closed when someone else is praying.
Source: Family Home Evening Resource Book, Lesson Ideas, Reverence, 216

Have some quiet songs that go with each Mr Potato ‘part’.
(Note: Mini Mr and Mrs Potato Heads are available at KMart for $5 each- Australian dollars, that is.)
You could go over the cards used in last week’s Singing Time (the pictures of hands, feet, head etc) found here: http://www.finchfamilygames.com/games/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=reverent and discuss how important they are during the Sacrament, when everyone is thinking about the Saviour. 
We could sing:-
  • To Think About Jesus (CS 71)
  • Reverence is Love (CS 31)
  • Kindness Begins with Me (CS 145)
  • I’ll Walk With You (CS 140-141)

Brainstorming for the first week in November:-

- You could print this out, create your own Reverence jar, and write songs of your choice on the back of some of these.  Check that this activity isn’t being used as a Sharing Time one though http://lds.org/friend/2011/11/reverence-is-love-and-respect-for-god?lang=eng&query=Reverence+Love.

- Hand them out to reverent singers as ‘rewards’ stapled to a wrapped lolly (such as a mentos – they can come individually wrapped).  The children choose a word strip out of the jar and they need to do that activity during the week before they can eat their reward.  I’m hoping all your Primary will be reverent singers!

- Another idea is this one: http://www.finchfamilygames.com/games/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=reverent.  This has a Reverent poem, and some pictures that go with the poem.  This is a great printout to laminate and keep, and point to when the children are not being as reverent as you like.  Also fantastic to print out in miniature, and use as Personal or social Rule Cards for children with Aspergers.

- Use the above cards and play a game of Concentration/Memory.  Sing a song when they match them up.

I found a fantastic looking Maze in the May Friend Magazine here: http://lds.org/friend/2011/05/missionary-maze?lang=eng&query=Missionary and as my Primary loved the last Maze I did with them, I decided to do another one.  The instructions are “Help the missionaries find their way to their appointment. Remember to follow the one-way streets!“  It doesn’t tie in exactly with the topic of the week, but it’s close enough!

Mazes confuse me, so I marked in eight ‘song’ spots along the way, so that you can sing your Presentation Songs as you go.  I think it will help my Sunbeams know which direction to go as well.

Because there are only eight ‘turns’, you could have the names of your primary children in a container, and you pull the names out, or ask teachers to choose reverent children.  I like the container idea, because it’s fair.  Keep that container for these sorts of games, and divide it into two parts.  One side for those who have had a turn, and one side for those who haven’t.  Simply move the names over when the children have had turns.

If you have a large Primary, you could have a class choose the next ‘direction.

Back to the maze…I printed mine out in Poster form, so it came out nice and large.  The children won’t be able to see it the size it is at the moment.  Here’s the maze (in A4 size): Missionary Maze

My husband very kindly meddled around and got the missionaries separated on their bikes so we can move them around the maze.  They are here, but don’t blow them up to poster format,  they’re fine just as they are: Missionary Maze Missionaries on Bikes

In keeping with the Missionary Theme for this month, I flipped through the September Friend Magazine on Sunday and found this:-

http://lds.org/friend/2011/09/the-gospel-will-be-preached-in-all-the-world?lang=eng

…which has some cards you can cut out to play Memory/Concentration with.  I thought they would be awesome to use for Singing Time, so I enlarged them a little and added backs (because my kids like to cheat!).

I am going to give my Pianist a list of the Presentation songs we need to run through and with each match, we will just do the next one on the list.  If you wanted to use ‘Missionary’ themed songs (if your presentation is over..lucky you!), you can just write the songs you want to sing on the cards with ‘writing’, rather than the picture cards.  Does that make sense?

You could also have the children make their own set of cards to use for Sharing Time – just do a copy/printout of what is in the Friend Magazine link for each child.

Here is the link to the enlarged cards and backs: The Gospel Will Be Preached in All The World Memory Game