Category Archives: Singing Time Games and Ideas

2017 Pass the Musical Parcel

Needing something to do with the Jnr Primary children after the Primary Presentation, I decided to keep it simple with a 2017 version of Pass the Musical Parcel.

I came up with 8 cards (stick one on the outside layer as well, so they can sing that one as they pass the parcel around).  I did put in a cheap Kmart toy in each layer, and had a container full of toys for the children to take one each as they left to go to their classes.

Make up your own, adding in your own songs, or add in a different action that they need to do while they pass that parcel around.  Our Jnrs absolutely loved the game, and the only issue they had was getting the circle they were sitting in WAAAAY too small.  They were practically sitting on each others’ laps, so I had to keep wiggling them back.

But it was hilarious, and the children were so good.

Here are my 8 cards (yes, they’re different sizes, they’re only going to get torn off and thrown in the bin anyway): Pass the Musical Parcel 2017

Dynamics and Italian Terms for Singing Time

I have one child in Primary who loves to torment me (why is there always one?).  Anyways, he said “Why don’t you teach us actual music?”  So I thought “Okay, I will”.  So I quickly made up these Dynamics and Italian Terms cards to use whenever I want to revise a song with the children.

 

Dynamics-and-Italian-Terms-picture-cropped

 

I did do them quickly, and added to them as I went so they’re not consistent.  Here are the secrets:-

 

The Dynamics cards are not back to back on each sheet.  Rather the first side of page 1 goes with the first side of page 2.  The second side of page 1 goes with the second side of page 2…if that makes sense.  Etc.

 

The Italian Terms cards are easier.  They’re on the same page.

 

Cut each little half page out, match it up and laminate.  I stuck a giant paddle pop stick onto one side of a page with sticky tape.  Then I stuck the matching side on with more tape.  Simple but effective.

 

If I were to print them out again, I would do all the Italian Term cards one colour, and all the Dynamics cards a different colour, but I’m not going to waste paper at this point.  Besides, it keeps the children on their toes :D

 

Just to avoid confusion, here are what the fronts and backs of each card is supposed to say:-

DYNAMICS:

P – Piano/Soft

F – Forte/Loud

(Rectangle hanging from a line) – Semibreve Rest/Whole Bar Rest

Sfz – Sforzando/Strong Accent

(Looks like a greater than sign) – Crescendo

(Looks like a less than sign) – Diminuendo

 

ITALIAN TERMS

Staccato – Short and Separate/Detached

Legato – Smoothly, Well Connected

Calando – Gradual decrease in volume and tempo

 

The children absolutely love these, especially Snr Primary.  I generally use two at a time for each verse of a song I want to revise.  I might throw in an extra ‘surprise’ in a verse.  Use Sfz sparingly.

 

Here are the pdf’s of the cards:

Italian Terms for Singing Time 1

Dynamics for Singing Time1

Pokémon Go Sing (Presentation Song Revision)

Aim: To capture each Presentation Pokemon

How to play:

1. Choose one player (can be a child or a teacher). Player walks to the Pokestop sign (I stuck mine up the back of the room on the wall). There will be two piles of cards underneath the Pokestop sign (I put the cards on a chair.  A small table works great too). Turn over a card in one pile to see how many poke balls they can throw. Turn over another card to see which Pokemon character and Presentation song is to be targeted with the poke balls/beanbags and sung at the same time by everyone.  They need to show you the cards, so you can warn the pianist which song they need to play next.

2. Have the larger card Pokemon characters lined up somewhere else in the room. (I had mine out the front). The player has to throw the assigned number of poke balls/bags and see if they can land on the character of the card they turned over at the Pokestop while the rest of Primary sing the Presentation song that goes with that character. If the child/teacher can’t hit it with the assigned number of poke balls, have them hand the pokebag to someone who hasn’t had a turn. Continue until the Pokemon is ‘caught’.

3. Once the Pokemon is ‘captured’, finish singing that song, and choose another child/teacher to start over again until all the Presentation Pokemons are caught.

What to print:

1. Pokemon Go Sing Sign (completely optional)
2. Pokestop Sign (stick this somewhere in the room with a small table in front)
3. Pokemon Characters
4. Presentation Songs
5. Smaller Pokemon Character cards and Poke ball number cards. Put these on the table in front of the Pokestop sign.
6. Backs of cards (optional)

You also need to make or purchase some Poke ball bean bags (or something that will land on the larger Pokemon character pictures.

How to set up:

1. Cut out a Primary Presentation song strip and stick it under a larger Pokemon Character. You can choose which song strip goes with which character. Continue until all your songs are assigned.
2. Cut out cards and backs. I usually paste the front of the cards on to the backs lightly before laminating. I am computer challenged, so I can’t guarantee the fronts will match up with the backs if you try and print double sided. I wouldn’t recommend it. The idea is so that the front of the cards aren’t see through.
3. Wonder how on earth to get Pokeball bean bags. Use any bean bags if you’re stuck. Or Hacky Sacks. Whatever will land on the Pokemon characters.  I hand sewed my own.

 

Variations: The teacher turns over the cards, and has some children help throw the pokeball bean bags.

 

Pokemon characters

Pokemon Go Sing backs for poke ball number cards

Pokemon Go Sing backs for Presentation Song Pokemons

Pokemon Go Sing backs mixed three of each

Pokemon Go Sing cards and backs

Pokemon Go Sing cards characters and poke ball numbers

Pokemon Go Sing sign

Pokestop Poster

Presentation Songs

I played this last week as my last revision before our Presentation Practices, and it was a huge success.  It had the full approval of my Primary Presidency, and EVERY single child was involved, including those who usually do not like to participate.  WOW!

 

The children in my primary didn’t want to sing as someone was throwing the pokebags, so we waited until the Pokémon had a pokebag on it, then we sang the song.  We had one child with special needs (who usually won’t leave their chair) come and acted as a ‘catcher’ each time a pokebag was thrown and missed, and return them to me.  Another returned the ‘caught’ Pokémon pictures to me.  It was a great way to get children with ASD involved!

 

The children did sing the songs beautifully though.  I thought they’d by hyper, but they weren’t.  They were very much engaged the entire time.

 

Valentine’s Day Songs with coloured hearts

Valentines-Day-Singing-Hearts-page-3-demoNeeding a fun but simple activity tomorrow for Valentines Day, I decided to print up some coloured hearts and attach songs.

 

Coloured hearts…because they don’t all have to be red!

 

How to: Choose a child (or a teacher) to choose a heart, and then sing that song.

 

I have included blank hearts if you’d like to use them as backs, or to write your own songs on them.

Here they are: Valentines Day Singing Hearts

 

Variation: Have the child or teacher who chose the heart eat a block of chocolate with a plastic knife and fork.  Then quickly have someone else come up and choose the next heart, then they swap with the person eating the chocolate (new knife and fork of course).  You’ll have everyone’s attention!

 

Edited to add: I did the chocolate with my Snr Primary today.  I had more children than I thought, and had taken extra blocks of chocolate and enough plastic knives and forks to cater for that, so all was good.  I had 2 or 3 children come up at a time so everyone was able to have a turn.  Worked beautifully!

 

Freeze Like This – Action Song

Once we had completed our hard work today, learning If I Listen With My Heart, I did ‘Freeze Like This’ with Jnr Primary.

 

I printed out the pictures from Kami’s Primary Music Ideas site (link here) and pasted them on to thick cardboard.

 

My Jnr Primary were already sitting in a big circle on their chairs, so I had them stand up in front of me, in the middle of the room.

 

Go through the original song with the children, then show them the pictures.  Can they stand like this? (show them the first card).

 

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show a card)

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card)

If you’re happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it

If you’re happy and you know it, freeze like this (show another card).

 

The children absolutely LOVED it!  We started off really slow for the first time through the cards, then did it faster.  The children got their wiggles out, and the teachers commented afterwards that they thought it was such a great way to do the song.  The sunbeam children asked to sing it again in their class.

 

I did it with Snr Primary too, to see what they would think (was it too babyish for them?)  They really enjoyed it too, especially the Snr boys.

Kiss or Miss – Song Revision Game

Hershey KissesI purchased a Classic Bag of Hershey’s Kisses on my recent trip to the US.  I think they’re the red, silver and gold ones? – we don’t have them in Australia (only silver, and they’re difficult to find), so it’s my special treat for Snr Primary.

I’m not doing this game with Jnr Primary, because it won’t work in my ward at the moment.

The game is like pass the parcel, but there’s a twist.

Set up:

– Have the children sit in a large circle.

– Instruct your Pianist on the song you wish to revise and how to play.

 

How to play:

– Drop 3 or 4 ‘Kisses’ into the hand of a child.

– Start the music.  The children need to sing along to the music.

– When the music stops, tell the child left holding the Kisses “Kiss or Miss”.  The child holding the Kisses can choose to sing the next line of the song, or miss out, and pass the Kisses on to the next child to sing the line.  Once they sing the next line (or mime actions if they are a non-singer or self conscious) they can keep the Kisses.

– Give the child 3 or 4 more kisses to pass around, and begin from the line they just sang (you could repeat that line and keep going).

 

Extras:

– You might have a ‘savvy’ pianist who selectively chooses when to stop, so that everyone gets a turn.

– Make sure you have enough Kisses to hand out to all the children who haven’t received any when your time runs out.

– Think about what you’re going to do if a child/children get a second go.  Do they have to give the kisses to a teacher?  To the Primary President?  Share with other children?  Keep for themselves?  I would haven’t any children sit out for this game.

 

 

Easter Singing Time

Tomb-and-stone-rolled-away-Singing-TimeI’m keeping it really simple tomorrow.  I’m using a picture of a tomb facing the front. On the back is a picture of the tomb with the stone rolled away (they’re stuck together back to back, and laminated).  I will write a song on the side with the stone rolled away.

Reverent children will be able to come up the front and choose a ‘tomb’.  Turn it over, and see what song is on the side with the stone rolled away, then we get to sing it.

We have Invitation Sunday tomorrow, so I think Singing Time will be short and sweet anyway.

Here’s the printout: Tomb and stone rolled away Singing Time

Noah was Blessed for Choosing the Right

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.

Happy New Year with a Truth or Consequences Game

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.

Gift Tag Singing Time

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!

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