In the midst of getting ready for camp, more camp and my daughter's wedding, and home improvements, I am still doing my calling as the Primary Chorister at church. I am always on the lookout for fun ideas to get my kids singing. Here are a couple that have worked great!
Sing or Dare: I found this idea here http://singingtimeinfortworth.blogspot.com/2009/06/sing-or-dare.html Basically, the kids can choose to pick a song and sing it normally or take a dare. While the creator of this idea had some fun dares for the kids to do, I wanted to make sure that they were still singing and practicing the songs. I came up with some singing dares such as "wear a mustache while singing" or "Everyone sing in an opera voice". That one was so funny to hear the entire Primary singing Popcorn Popping in an opera voice. Parents told me afterwards that their kids loved it and talked about it later. To me, that is success! If you can think of more singing dares for a future date, please let me know!
Blowing through Straws and Betsy Bubble: I found this idea on Pinterest, but now I can't find the link. Sorry, I don't like to not give credit for ideas. If anyone finds the link, please put it in the comments and I will be sure to give credit! I did change it up a bit for Fourth of July week. I found these straws that are extra large for milkshakes in the grocery store.
I used 3 colors of straws. In one color I rolled up papers with names of songs to sing. In another color I rolled up papers that told how to sing the songs and in the last color I gave the kids the opportunity to work the balloon on Betsy Bubble (similar to mine , but mine is a girl).
I will post a picture of mine at a later date. My daughter drew it for me and it turned out so cute, but it is at the church right now, so I can't photograph her. Anyway, the kids love her and always want a turn using the pump behind her to inflate the bubble.
To make the activity more festive, I attached curly ribbon to the papers and told the kids that this was as close as we were going to get to fireworks in Primary. I would have 3 children come up, each had to choose a different color straw, then I would count to 3 and they would blow out their papers. After that, they would retrieve them and find out who had what. It was fun! And, the beauty is that it was super simple!
The last tip that I would give that I have learned so far is that if I am energetic and having fun, the kids are, too. And, when I express my love for the gospel and the scriptures, the children feel it and listen when I teach by the Spirit as we learn these beautiful songs. I was afraid that "Praise to the Man" was going to be too difficult for them. It has a lot of big words! But, I took the time to explain what everything meant and now when that song is chosen I love hearing some of the children say, "I love this song!" and they sing it with gusto and all of their hearts. I love this calling!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!