I have really been wanting to do a great Pioneer Singing time on Sunday since Pioneer Day, July 24, actually falls on Sunday this year. Last week, our wagon wheel singing time went very well. Now this week will be the big week! I have searched Pinterest for some great ideas and foundthis and this which were very similar, but different. Luckily, because I couldn't print the maps the way they suggested, I have an artistic daughter who drew my map for me.
I am going to have all of the children sit around a fake campfire on the floor. We will start our trek in Nauvoo with a picture of the Nauvoo Temple and talk about leaving that place. Then we will talk about each stop along the way and sing one or two songs to go with it. After we talk about Nauvoo we will sing "Praise to The Man", because they had just lost the prophet Joseph Smith. I looked at some of the things that were written by the pinners I mentioned above, and then came up with my own stories and words to read and talk about. I encourage you to do the same thing for your kids so that you will be saying the thing the Lord wants your children in your ward to hear. I am using the story of the three 18 year old young men at Sweetwater Crossing because that is one of my favorite stories. : (Hinckley, Gordon B. “Four B’s for Boys”. Ensign. November 1989.)
At the end I am going to give them a little campfire cookie (no bake of course) that I found here. It is actually supposed to be a burning bush, but I think it makes a great campfire as well. The recipe is on that webpage.
Of course, we will stand up and do actions and walking with many of the songs. I will use bonnets and hats for the children to act things out, like gathering berries and chips. (I will explain what chips are). I hope that they feel the Spirit as we talk about and sing about their Pioneer ancestors and the sacrifices they made. Thanks to all of you choristers out there who helped me to formulate this plan! I am so excited to share it with my Primary kids!
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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!