I got this idea from Divine Secrets of a Primary Chorister. Link to her site from mine over tot he right side of my blog.

Bean Bag Song Toss        

Put giant notes on the floor with a song name on it. Have a child throw a beanbag, sing whatever song the beanbag lands on. The fun songs should be farther away.
I like ideas like this because it is easy to make up and some weeks you simply have to practice the songs over and over to get them learned. But if kids have a game to play along with singing, it sure is more fun.
My daughter gave me this idea yesterday. She said her primary chorister made up 5 stars game but used Easter Eggs. I say use the 5 stars on a stick and have one of them a glittery star. So the teachers get to be chosen to give the song (after being sung) 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, etc. and tell the kids what they need to do to earn 5 stars…..or better yet….THE GLITTERY STAR! (for 6 stars!)
Glittery Star is the one to go for!!!   
The kids will work really hard to earn 5 stars but to go for the glittery star they have to sing very special.

Father’s DAY of course!

Next week would be a good time to start practicing a fathers day number or two. Since the Bishop is the father of the ward, maybe the song “He’s Our Bishop” would be in order. My personal favorite is “I’m So Glad When Daddy Comes Home.” It is so cute for little guys to sing it. And it is easy to learn.

The link to Jolli Jenn’s flipchart of “Daddy’s Homecoming” is HERE.  It’s a really cute song I loved doing.
Another cute one I love is “I Know My Father Lives” which would also be appropriate for Father’s day. It is sung about Heavenly Father, of course. It is short and sweet and a flipchart from Jollli Jenn can be found HERE. I remember one of my sons singing this as a duet with me one Father’s Day when he was only 4.

Now he’s got a little 10 month old girl of his own. She is a cutie too.

You could also teach actions to go with the song “Daddy’s Homecoming” that would be cute for the kids to do in Sacrament Meeting. After all, it’s only fair if they did Mother’s Day to not forget the dads!  “Clap my hands and SHOUT (hands outsides of mouth) for joy and climbing motion for climb upon his knee (slap knees). Put my arms around his neck you could criss cross the arms in front and then do a hugging back and forth motion for “hug him tight like this” and then of course you have to do the GREAT BIG KISS motion using your hand to blow a big kiss. Dads will love that.  Happy singing!

Elephant Conducting Wand

It sure was fun last week on Mother’s Day. I enjoy my little granddaughters so much. They are the light of my life. Here’s a picture my daughter snapped of us hanging out together last week.

Conducting helpers for Primary Singing Time…..not!

I thought this idea for a “conducting helper” was a real hit! It is an elephant poster with a circle cut out for the “trunk” and guess what the trunk is? Yes, that’s right, your arm as it is conducting the songs!

Made by Brynn & Tifany from Port Orchard, WA.


A link for a tutorial on how to make the conducting poster is HERE at Sugar Doodle. Those kinds of things are always so engaging for the kids that they sing and don’t even realize they are putting in a lot of practice because they all want a turn to do the fun activity. Another kind of conducting wand that may be even easier is HERE at the Crazy Chorister. She just tied ribbons to a dowel to make a “conducting wand”.  Either way it would be a fun way to get kids to sing with you and be engaged in the music as you drill those verses of this challenging song.

Bubble Gum Bessie - the size of the bubble increases as the kids sing better!
This is a cute one I saw on Pinterest and you’d just use a balloon and have somebody in back blowing it up. with a pump. So cute! 

Have 1 child from each class come up and conduct a verse of the song. Still working on Praise to the Man? This will be a great help to keep up some motivation.  A flipchart for Praise to the Man is HERE. You could teach simple 1, 2 conducting. Most of the 4 year olds on up can do it.  For a senior primary maybe try the 4/4 time conducting. It is good practice for the older kids to learn conducting. Plus they practice singing while they are concentrating on their conducting arms! So you get 2 birds with one stone. Yay! Have fun conducting.