Thursday, December 29, 2011

Introduction Week: As A Child of God

Well...some of the wards in our stake were split a few weeks back.  I stayed in the Primary Presidency, but we lost our until we get another one.....I get to fill in!!!  So much fun.

So, This coming Sunday we will begin learning "As a Child of God".  I thought I'd post my plan just in case any one out there still visits this blog...


Two Large bags (Brown Paper Grocery bags work best)---on the front of one put Choice #1 and on the other put Choice #2.

Several objects that correspond with the words of the song....The words I picked are:

Earth (globe or picture of Earth), Choose (the word on a piece of paper), family (picture of family), light (flash light or other light you can bring), Holy Ghost (picture of a child praying with the word Holy Ghost attached to it), Right(The word Right and an arrow pointing to the right).

Several objects that are silly fill in words for the words in the song....what I chose is:

A Picture of Mars, A Cookie, Stuffed Animal, cell phone, Comic Book (or other magazine), A picture of a nice meal representing Dinner. are you confused is how it will all come together...


Before Primary, put the objects randomly into each bag. Make sure you don't have all the correct choices in the same bag so it doesn't get predictable.

Have a child come to the front.  Tell them that we are learning a brand new song that will help us understand the importance of making good choices and how that can bring us peace and happiness.   Tell them the first line to the song.  Pull out the Globe and the Picture of Mars.  Tell them that the first line of the song is....." I came to ? with the power to ?   Have the child choose between the two objects to fill in the blanks.   You could say... Is the correct line... I came to EARTH.....or I Came to Mars?  Then sing repeat the line...and move on through the song until you get to the end.    For the next part I'll say....Is the Line I came to Earth with the power to Choose or I came to Earth with the Power to Make Cookies?   I think you get the picture.  It's simple, yes...and pretty obvious....but I think it drives home the point that choice means something.

In case you have a child that thinks its really funny to choose the wrong answer....humor them and sing the wrong line and show them how it not only doesn't fit the song, but it doesn't fit the message either. 

Anyhow,..have fun.  It's great to be able to do this every now and then.  Have a great week.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I Spy with my Primary Eye

I used this for a sharing time idea, but I realized this could translate into a great idea for singing time as well.


Objects or pictures that teach a line or concept of the lesson (song)


Put up the pictures or objects around the room.  Have the kids make glasses around their eyes with their hands and have everyone say..." I spy with my Primary eye..."  and then you fill in the blank with something like...."a picture of the temple" or "something we do before we go to bed at night (picture of praying child)"....etc.  Choose a child to find that object in the room.  Sing a line of the song it goes with, or teach the concept from that picture.  Proceed until all objects/pictures have been found.

Jr. Primary LOVED it, and really got into it.  With Sr. Primary, you could step it up a notch and attach a Scripture reference and  have them look it up.

Have a nice week.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Primary Gone Wild

Well....hello again.  I'm not sure really anyone  checks this blog anymore, but I thought it was about time to post something.  I've been the second counselor for Primary these eight or so months...and I think I've subbed for the chorister at least a dozen times..more or less.  I've enjoyed teaching sharing time (thought about posting some of those ideas...but didn't want to start an entirely different much work).

Anyhow, I thought I should post some of the things I've done as substitute's my first  "I'm the crazy chorister sometimes" post.


10-15 animal puppets.  (I happen to have a great deal of animal puppets, but you could print out cute clipart pictures of animals, color them, and attach them to paper lunch bags to make cute puppets.

Cheat sheet for you and your pianist so the time isn't wasted trying to find the song

A fun bag to put everything in

1 Bean bag

1 coin

1 silly hat or wig or dress up (whatever you have that is silly and can be worn is great...I used a bright, purple wig)


Put your bag full of puppets on a table at the front of the room.  Tell the children that you had a bunch of "wild" friends beg to come to primary with you.  Each one of your friends has a favorite primary song they would like to lead the kids in, and they also have a special way they like to sing their song.

Percy Pig---Percy is a prankster.  He loves to do silly things.  (Take the wig out and have Percy hold it)  Tell the children that Percy loves to play "Teacher guess the song".  If the teacher can guess the song in a few notes, the chorister has to wear the silly wig, if they guess it wrong....the teacher has to wear the wig during his favorite song.  (Pg. 253)

Cathy Caterpillar---She loves slow and reverent songs.  Sing the song as slow and reverent as possible.  (Pg. 74)

Floyd Flamingo---Floyd loves to sing his song standing on one leg.  Have the children sing the song while standing on one leg and see who can make it all the way through the song.  (Praise to the Man)

Felix Fly---Felix likes to land on peoples heads during the song and doesn't want to get off unless they know the next phrase.  Have the children hum or buzz the song, Felix will land on a child's or teacher's head during the song and have them repeat the next line.  (Pg. 245)

Polly Peacock---Polly is stubborn and doesn't want to lead the music, but she loves to switch places with a child in the audience.  You and Polly go sit where the child was sitting and have that child lead the song.  (pg. 95)

Marvin Monkey--- Marvin loves it when the children sing his song monkey style in Ooo's and Aahs.  (pg 159)

Freddy Frog---  Freddy just cannot stay still for music time.  He loves to hop right out of his seat every time he hears the word "I".  Have the children up every time they sing the word "I"  (Pg 77)  (for Sr. primary, I let them hop down the row to the next seat....they loved that.)

Charlie Chicken---  Charlie loves it when the kids sing staccato so he can peck the beat.  Have the children help charlie peck the beat to this song.  (pg. 118)

Matthew Moose---Matthew loves to play "hide it and find it".  Have Matthew give the bean bag to a child to hide it, and then have a child come and find it while you play the song.  You could even have the child finding it wear Matthew on their hand so he can "help" too.  (pg. 96)

Edgar Eagle--- Edgar likes to fly up high so the children will sing louder, or fly down low so they sing softer.  (If I listen with my heart)

Alfred Alligator---Alfred loves to smile at people.  Have the children face the door of the primary room.  Have them sing.  If someone comes by, have them smile as big as possible to try and get that person to smile.  You might have to prearrange for someone to walk by.....(pg. 236)

Peter Pelican--- Peter loves to carry around shinning things in his mouth.  Have him show the coin.  Tell them that he is going to throw it up in the air.  If it lands on heads..boys sing.....if tails...girls sing.  (pg 164)

Oscar Owl--- Oscar loves to play "hot potato".  Have the children pass around the bean bag as fast as they can to see if everyone can have a chance to pass it before the end of the song.  (Pg. 61)

Brian Bear---Brian just loves primary teachers.  Have the teachers stand up and do hinges as the children sing it.  Have the teachers pretend they are very very old and slow.  Then have the kids stand up and do it as fast as they can.  (pg. 277)

I had the Jr. Primary say "hello" and "goodbye" to the animals as they were picked.  They really loved it.  For Sr. primary...I skipped the pretending for the most part and just used the animals as indicators for the songs and activities....they actually really enjoyed it too.  

I had a great time doing it.  I always appreciate the opportunity to wear the chorister hat again.  Have a great day!