Howdy Folks. We still do not have a chorister called, and so I have the privileged of taking on week two for the new song this month. When I was chorister, I really liked to take week two to cement the words and music in the children's minds by playing a game that accomplished that, but also was fun enough to distract them from the fact that they were singing the same song a bajillion times in 20 min.
Here's my plan for this week.
Enough card board bricks to make a small wall. (Now I realize that most of us do not have these readily on hand. I happen to find them at a garage sale years ago....but here are a few replacement ideas that will still allow you to do the same thing. Small flat rate shipping boxes (you can get these at no charge from the post office), empty baby wipe containers, Empty juice box boxes (the long boxes that come with 12 juice packs in them, 12 pack soda box containers, or simply wooden building blocks or a jenga set.
One Word of the song placed on each brick (or if you do not have all that many just group them by 2-4 words to cut down on the box or block needs. If its for Jr. Primary, you might want to consider some pictures for key words to remind them since many of them do not read yet.
Before Primary set up the wall. Make sure all the words are facing front so they can be easily seen. Put them in order as well.
Tell the children we are going to review "As A Child of God" by practicing making good choices. Show them the wall. Tell them that the goal is to remove one word (or group of words) at a time (singing the song after each removal) and trying to see how many words they can remove without having the wall fall down. They must choose wisely, for if the wall falls down we have to sing the whole song without any helps to rebuild it. To spice it up a bit, you can have the children sing the song in a different way each time to keep it fresh...such as staccato, acapella, oohing, standing on one leg, covering one eye....etc.
This activity acts as a memorizing game since they must remember the words that have been removed. It is very helpful for the boys especially because besides memorizing, they are each trying to solve the puzzle of how to keep the wall standing and so it minimizes boredom and non participation.
Have a great week! Is it awful to hope they keep taking their time with calling a new chorister? :)
6 years ago