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Connect to a Prophet Box Connect Game

Fun day in Singing time reviewing for Conference and practicing our songs for the program!

This game was inspired by the dot and line game I used to always play in church as a kid.

Connect to a prophet Box Connect game pieces

Also, it was prompted by finding THESE little drawings of all the prophets that I thought were SO ADORABLE so I came up with something to use them for!
They were $5 and wish there was an option to buy them each bigger–so cute to use with lessons! I printed them on regular paper and then glued them onto blue cardstock.

Connect to a prophet box connect title
Basic Rules:

I split the class into two teams.

I had one person from each team come up and draw a line each, just to get started.

Then we sang a song (I just made a list of all our program songs and we sang them in the order I wrote down, whatever that was)

Which ever team sang the best was the winner and got to send a person up to draw a line.
Connect to a prophet box connect real life

I didn’t worry about each team having a different color or anything, I figured the lines are whatever they are and the goal was to get a complete box drawn on the last step. I don’t know that the youngest group really understood the basics of the game other than “we are drawing lines” and that’s fine.
Connect to a prophet box layout

NOTES: I think next time I would have them draw maybe two lines per team or something? This game went a bit slower than I thought it would, we spent most of our time singing and this seemed more like a side deal than the actual activity–which is fine because that was the point (to practice singing our songs) but still seemed like we had barely started playing the game and it was over. Good calm game though overall, kids loved it.

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Sync Up Shape Up Review Game

Alright, this Sunday was pretty crazy

This was the first Sunday that we held a combined Junior and Senior singing and sharing time and so it was busy and hectic anyway and I don’t think I helped settle them down on my end but oh well, ha ha

This lesson is a combination of a few different ideas.

First, I named this “Sync Up, Shape Up” after these two parts: lip-syncing and a shape spinner.

First, I divided them into two teams.

Then, one person came up and spun the fidget spinner on this spinner:

This spinner was for a math thing, but it’s super cute so just used the spinner.

When the fidget spinner finally stopped (which they of course suddenly spun forever and ever…)

Whatever it landed on, that was the shape they went looking for around the room. (get it? Shape Up?)

This little guy was stuck to the front of the podium and I missed it when I cleaned up and it stayed there all week πŸ™‚ haha

I just printed the spinner twice and cut out the shapes in the 2nd one so they would be identical.

The back of each shape had a number on it that decided which song we would sing.

Then, a kid from each team went to find some lips:

These were hidden around the room

These had numbers on the back also

and these told them how many people from each team would come up to “lip-sync” with one of these:

One thing I would change here is the number 1. I didn’t think of it when I was making it but no one wants to come sing by themselves! Next time I would just put 2s, 3s, and 4s

So then we sang the song. However many people they got from each team came up and sang, holding the paper faces over everything but their lips.

Then, as they sang, their “judges” had to decide which “team” sang better and at the end of the song they had to vote on which team was better

It. was. hysterical.

I really wish someone had taken a picture of it, because it was all I could do to keep a straight face and sing the song!

We ended up singing 4 or 5 of the songs, and then stopped. This could havr gone on for another 20 minutes easily.

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Tic Tac “Know” Review Game

Fun day in primary reviewing our songs!

Tic-Tac-Know! I read throughΒ this game and decided to just make my own.

So I made big numbers for each space like a Tic-Tac-Toe grid

On the back of each number were two questions–our primary is combined so I just put both questions for Jr and Sr on the back and figured I would choose which question depending on who ended up coming up

I got the questions from HERE.

In Primary I divided them into two teams and called the first person up

Once they chose a number, and if they answered the question right, they put their X or O in the space

I made 4 of each, which ended up being all we needed but technically I should have made 5 or 6 really?

The game went very well, pretty tame really and we ended up even having a winner! I figured they would tie but one team did actually win and they won at just the right time too! perfect timing!

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Teaching “I Feel My Savior’s Love”

There were 8 pages to the song and so everytime we flipped over a new section to learn the next line, I had one person go find the heart I had hidden around the room

For Sr primary I went in a random order so they didn’t know what would come next

On the back of each heart was a “love” question:

This was my first week as chorister and their answers were adorable…seriously.

Funniest part was that Sr Primary, I had them hide the numbered hearts and by the end, we never found the 4. We looked…and looked….and looked….nothing.

I expected to find it soon after but it was about 3 months later I found it underneath a chair πŸ™‚

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The Most Brilliant Addition your Father’s Day activity was missing

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This was a fun fun Singing time

I printed these ties and had paperplates with faces on them like THESE

I chose a kid to come choose a tie and match it to their “dad’s” face. (which by itself was pretty funny to watch them try to match the tie to what they thought their dad looked like in paperplate face form)

Once they did that, they could choose a mustache. These made the whole lesson, serious gold mine…

I ordered these the week before, super fun. They come on individual card things that you can punch out.

In order to get a mustache, they had to answer a question about their dads which I just a random list of questions I wrote up or made up on the spot πŸ™‚

The ties had numbers written on the back and for Jr primary we just sang the song and moved on.

For Sr primary, there was a trivia question where you had to guess which father in the scriptures they were talking about. Some were actually pretty hard and Sr primary enjoyed that as well. (See HERE for where I got them)

NOTES: This was hysterical to wear a mustache while singing! seriously weird…and super funny to see 5 year olds en masse wearing mustaches running around the church halls….ahhahaha

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Cut and Paste Noah’s Ark lesson

This lesson goes with the Primary 6 book, Lesson 8

BACKGROUND:

Imagine you have a Sunday school class of 11 year old kids. You are trying to teach them about the Old Testament.

This was me several years ago and I was at a loss of what to do.

Here’s why:

One of my kids couldn’t read really at all. So having her read a scripture at all. Ever. Was. torturous.

Having someone else read didn’t solve the problem either because she wouldn’t pay attention at all and would cause problems when other people read because she couldn’t pay attention for that long.

Then one of my other students was a bit ADHD and really had no patience for any kind of long “discussion” at all (and by long I mean more than 30 seconds).

I felt like as 11-year-olds they should be learning a bit more of the details of the scriptures but I wasn’t sure how to get there without reading…or talking…for too long.

After the first couple weeks of basically complete disaster lessons, I came up with this idea because it kept their hands busy and it was something that shifted very fast and kept their attention. These lessons were for the most part 10 times more successful than any other attempts with a regular lesson.

What I did was I started drawing these pictures and cartoons and things to teach the lesson. I’d like to say I spent hours on them but honestly most of the time I was scrambling to finish them during Sacrament Meeting while wrestling my then two-year-old boy and two girls. How I ever did even one is a miracle.

I got them copied before class and that was it, gather up some good scissors and glue sticks and we were set.

The first 5-10 minutes was spent cutting out the pieces: they were old enough to do it themselves and I would sit with them and chat about school and their week, etc. Depending on the need, I would direct them to sort the pieces before we started.

I also cut out my own to use as a model while we talked.

Next, I went through the lesson, told stories, discussed and all the while putting the whole thing together. When we finished, they were supposed to color it…but to be honest, they rarely did, haha.

I was stoked for all the info we got through, how much they focused, and how much they actually retained (I would give them small quizzes about the previous weeks’ lesson as we cut out pieces and I could ask them anything it seemed! Amazing!!!)

Their reaction wasn’t as stoked, more like “huh. Cool.” when it was time to go, like “wow, that wasn’t miserable,” which coming from 11 year olds is a compliment, right?

This is my handout for Primary 6 (green book), lesson 8: “Noah and the Flood”

This is what the handout looked like at the beginning:

Then once we went through the lesson, the finished product looked like this:

The handout was intended to prompt me to explain each part so we actually discuss the whole story. I didn’t really write down a script, I just picked up pieces and discussed them as we went along.

Here is the script as I remember it:

First, what story do you think we are going to talk about today? Yes, It’s Noah and the Ark. (glue on Big Noah). How would you feel if the Lord asked you to build a boat when you were no where near water?

Who was Noah’s wife? (glue her next to Noah) What was her name? What do you think she thought about her husband’s project?

Who else was on the Ark with Noah? Can you guess? Yes, he had three sons and his sons had wives (glue them along the bottom of the boat like they are getting on)

What are their names? Japheth, Shem and Ham (glue their names over the top of each couple)

Alright, now what else was on the Ark?

FOOD! (Glue on two baskets of apples) Noah and his family had to bring on enough food to last for however long they would be on the boat so they had a lot of preparing to do to store enough for the journey. How much food do you think you would have to bring if you were going on the Ark?

What else did they bring? ANIMALS!

Now, when you were younger, I’m sure you always just heard “two of each” but actually, for some animals, they brought SEVEN of each…whY? Because they used some of them to actually eat! So They brought 7 of the birds like the chickens and the geese because they intended to eat some of them for dinner during the journey.

Glue on the animals they did NOT eat: the pigs, the cows, the elephant, the giraffe, the crocodile, and the bugs. Next to these animals, glue on “x2”

Next glue on the birds and glue next to them “x7”

Now who else was on the earth at this time? Did Noah have any other relatives?

Well, the first one that is pretty significant is Noah’s Grandfather, Methusaluh. Now Methusaluh was the last relative in Noah’s line that was alive he died ONE YEAR before the flood started. Methusalah is an interesting guy. His father was Enoch! And even though he was good as well, he was told to stay on Earth when everyone else was taken to heaven. He saw the VERY BEST people could be, and he also saw the VERY WORST they could be. He saw his friends and relatives taken up to heaven and he saw his friends and relatives reject the gospel and turn away from God. And if you look at when everyone older than him died, Methusalah was alive when ADAM was alive and even all of his great great and great grandfathers. He could have and probably did meet in person all of his “fathers” since Adam himself.

Now, here is a basic map of Adam and Eve’s children. We know the story of Cain and Abel but the scriptures say that Adam and Eve had many other sons and daughters that are not mentioned by name.

Now after Cain murdered Abel and became wicked, anyone who was associated with him came to be called “The brethern of Cain”

 

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This is what happens when “Pie-o-neer” Children meets Musical Chairs

This was a bit of a grand production day…but it was really fun

I wanted them to learn the song “Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked” (which most of them did not know) because it was July and we were trying to do Pioneer stuff

So first, we made a “pie”

I was inspired by THIS post

I told the kids they had a choice of graham cracker crust or oreo crust because I didn’t have time to make the pastry kind (LOL, they didn’t get the joke but my pianist laughed)

On the back of each piece (which we put together as we went–this is how it would look when put together) was a survey question:

The person who chose the piece got to choose which choice was the winner (first) and then we surveyed the group. Whoever chose the same preference as the person got to come up

These people (up to 6–sometimes there were too many, sometimes not enough but we worked it out) came up and sat in the chairs that I had labeled 1-6

Once these 6 people were positioned, I called up another person to choose the flavor of the pie:

These different “flavors” (I told them these were Lemon, Pumpkin, Cherry, etc) had instructions for HOW we were going to sing the song:

So then we all sang the song, doing whatever thing it said.

As we sang, the 6 kids walked around the chairs like Musical Chairs.

Once the song was over, they all sat down and I had someone come up and choose one of the small numbers that I had folded up on the table (I chose Jr Primary kiddos for this)

The number they chose was the “Winner” and that person got to come choose the next crust and the process started over.

NOTES: For this activity I just wrote “Pie-o-neers!” across the top of the board with chalk. The next week, we did something else with Pioneers and I wrote “Pioneers” somewhere again on the board, and one of the Jr primary girls looked confused and told me “that’s not how you spell that!” LOL

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“The People Who…” Review game

This game doesn’t really have a name

This was a last minute thing that came out pretty well πŸ™‚

So there were these colored papers up when they came in.

I split them into two teams and called up one person to choose a box

Behind each card was two things: first was how many points this round of singing was worth–5,10,15pts, etc

Next thing was WHO from each team would be singing that round. So depending on the makeup of the team sometimes everyone sang and other times only a few

I got these from HERE. I was out of color ink that Sunday and the colored ones are cuter if you are able, FYI.

At the end of each song I had one of the presidency vote which side sang the best and awarded points from there.

The cool part about this game was not knowing how many points that round would be worth. In fact in the end, the one team was like 30 or 35 points behind and this little Sunbeam came up and chose the exact amount they needed and they won the round and tied the game πŸ™‚ super fun!

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Choose the Right Temple Matching Review game

Program is coming up… …so I opted for a review game. I was inspired by this idea (even tho all I can see if the picture of the cards) but I thought that having it straight matching would take too long…and be too hard for the little ones. So I figured a little more CTR action and then…temples?

So the game was called Choose the Right… Temple” because you had to match them, get it? So choose the right temple to complete the phrase? (not sure what doctrinal repercussions this could have on their little minds, maybe one day they will struggle deciding which temple to marry in because I told them to “choose the right temple” like that’s a thing but I guess I’ll risk it)

Green cards had the beginning phrase of one of our 8 program songs and then the temples had the other half of the phrase.

(I chose phrases from each song and didn’t choose words from either the beginning or the chorus on purpose–gotta have it kinda hard, I mean really!)

That Sunday I had both Jr and Sr primary together and we just divided the room in half and said those were the teams.

Whenever one team got a match, I put the cards under their Team 1 or Team 2 names (that I wrote in chalk) to the side to keep track of the score.

Whenever one team got a match we sang that song. We ended up singing 6 songs and just did the last 2 pairs for points sake–we did sing all verses on all the songs as well so if we hadn’t we could have probably finished.

Whole thing took about 25 minutes NOTES: I realized the point of the rule “if you find a match, you get another turn.” The first person to choose generally doesn’t get a match because they are just pulling random cards, after that though, the next team has a better chance of finding a match. The team that won had that advantage I started to realize as the game went on… so one time I gave the other team some “better singing” points to try and balance them out a bit better but they still won.

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Duck Duck Sing Review Game

Feel like getting a little rowdy in Primary?

Here’s a fun review game for you:

Now first, I played this with a fairly small group…Sr primary was about 10 kids so we just did a huge circle and everyone played.

Jr primary was larger so I had a small group come up and take turns being in the circle.

Basic idea: one kid comes up and chooses a duck. Each duck has a song on the back.

Now we sing that song and as we sing, one person (I chose a new person to be It other than the duck selector but could be the same person) walks around patting each person on the head (In Jr primary we discussed how to do this softly LOL) and walking around.

Whenever the person stopped and RESTED their hand on one person’s head, (again we discussed doing this softly but also firm enough for the person to know they were selected), they had to fill in the words to the song.

This was supposed to be just a few words and the other kids were supposed to stop singing but they mostly didn’t stop and the kid looked at me and if they were saying the right words I just said “switch!” and they did and new person kept walking until the song was over.

If they didn’t know the words, I just shook my head and the person kept walking, no big deal. (tried not to have this be some public shaming game haha)

NOTES:

Overall the kids loved it, they liked messing up the chairs I think… and it was a bit louder but it was fun.

Jr primary often had a hard time choosing a person and would just walk around and around…. even after I told them they had to…still just walked around… oh well…

Sr primary had a hard time choosing anyone of the opposite sex…boys chose boys and girls chose girls so had to stop them and make them choose certain people at times so everyone got a turn. Maybe next time you could do boy/girl seats and make them count out a certain number…maybe ducks could also say a number? that way it would take some fear out of selecting a person?