Posted in church, Getting Organized, kids, primary chorister, review games

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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Posted in art projects, craft projects, Getting Organized, kids, Painting, Teaching

Day 5 of Beginning Art Class

Day#5 for the Beginning class:
Surprise bug monsters: http://storiesandchildren.com/surprise-art-project-kids/
Frogs: http://oneperfectday-accessories-and-bags.blogspot.nl/2015/06/grrribbit.html
Butterflys: http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/RAINBOW-MARBLED-BUTTERFLY-PASTA-ART
Name Bugs: https://tinyartroom.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/cursive-name-bugs/

Missed a Day? Check out these also:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Posted in art projects, craft projects, Decorations, Getting Organized, kids, Painting, Teaching

Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 4 “Savannah Animals”

Day #4 for Beginning Art Class:
Giraffes Can’t Dance: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/giraffes-cant-dance/
Arm Giraffes: http://www.preschoolactivities.us/giraffe-craft-idea-for-kids/giraffe-handpint-craft/
Lion Manes: http://onecrayolashort.blogspot.com/2016/01/african-lions.html
Zebra Stripes: http://playcreateexplore.blogspot.com/2013/03/Zebra-print-shaving-cream-marbling.html
How to Draw an Elephant: http://artprojectsforkids.org/draw-elephant/

Ready for more?

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 5

Day 6

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Four Popular Art projects Your Child could Do Today: Day 2 “Birds of a Feather”

Welcome to Day 2!

If you missed Day 1 go HERE..

This is the series of “Art Classes” that I designed and thought someone out there would like to save some time and use.

Each class has four activities that go around a central theme. Each activity (not counting the prep time you might spend) is about 15 to 20 minutes long.

If you wanted to do all four activities at the same time, figure an hour or so.

If you wanted to do one activity a day with your child, you could spend 15 minutes doing it and then do other things. (So instead of Day 2 it would be more like Week#2)

Enjoy!

Beginning Class Day#2:
Leaf Birds: http://www.craftymorning.com/leaf-animal-crafts-to-make-for-fall/
Spring Birds: http://www.klassenkunst.com/2014/03/misch-vogelchen.html
Birds of a Color: http://preschoolwondersblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/monday-made-it-freebie.html
Ink Splat (monster birds): http://afaithfulattempt.blogspot.ie/2011/03/ink-creatures.html

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Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Posted in church, Getting Organized, Getting Started, primary chorister, Teaching

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!

Posted in brilliant ideas, Bullet Journals, coping, Getting Organized

Why I’m Hooked on a Bullet Journal

So I started doing a bullet journal the week that school started…

I’ve wanted to start one before but never had the right book for it…

When we were school shopping, I found the perfect one and thought…this. this is it.

So far I’ve really enjoyed it and here’s why:

1. It validates how crazy my day was. Sounds funny but really, it helps me realize that yes, this day was insane! You don’t have to act like it wasn’t and hello? of course you are tired! You did a billion things today!

2. It helps me be a little creative. I don’t always draw a picture in my entries but I like to and it helps ease that creative itch, ya know? I feel like at least I wasn’t a completely productionless artist today…

3. It’s not a big deal BUT it is. I feel like I have recorded my day! Let’s be honest, I’d love to be able to sit down and make a long, thought out, reflective, life changing entry in my journal every day but pffff….I have 4 kids, a job, a husband and a slipping grip on my sanity and hardly any time to spare. This is fast and satisfying and Done.

4. I record things here that have no other outlet. I mean just so many small details that I’d like to remember and can’t unless I have something to remind me. So many small experiences that would never feature as a main event even if I kept a journal…here is where they are. When I have bad dreams…I mean its not something I would even remember after even one day or even tell anyone, but I’ve often thought about how one night of odd weird dreams effects my day…or if the day before produced them?

5. It helps me see my life as a cycle instead of just a series of random days. I try to summarize each day of the month in one word and it’s crazy how each month unfolds. Sometimes it’s a wonder I get anything done at all looking at it

Posted in church, coping, Getting Organized, Getting Started, primary chorister, Teaching

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.

Posted in church, coping, Getting Organized, Getting Started, primary chorister, Teaching

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?