For this week I have created a wagon wheel spinner for the kids to use to choose the songs that we will sing. When the spinner lands on "I Love to see the Temple", I will talk about the Nauvoo Temple and use some Primary Symbol pictures found on LDS..org to review the song. I also have pictures to review the Pioneer Songs. It is pretty simple and not that fancy, but I think the kids will like it. Here was my process:
Next week will be the actual 24th of July. I think that I will make a fake campfire and have the kids sit around it. I'm debating about making butter that they can shake in rhythm as they sing. I need to check with my Primary President and see what she thinks. But, I will fill you in when I decide what to do. I just want to make it special and have the kids learn why we sing these songs and understand their heritage.
If you have any great ideas for making this Pioneer Day special, please share! If you want to make some pioneer bonnets, I found this tutorial. I'll let you know how this week goes!