Primary Program Review 2012

It’s that time of year again, when we’re singing this year’s primary program songs over and over again. So every year, with my primary, we have a little party that they kids earn for practicing so hard. One year it was a pizza party, the next year a sundae party, and last year was a cupcake party. I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do this year for the kids, so I let them vote. I wrote on the board their three choices labelling them A – Sundae Party, B – Cupcake Party, & C – Pizza Party.  They all wrote their choice  by putting either letter A, B, or C on a paper. I then took it home and counted the votes.

Not surprising, the majority chose to have a pizza party. So I went back the next week to primary and announced that the votes were counted but if they wanted to even know what the party was, they had to pass off all their songs. This is how they are going to pass off their songs. On one side of a big poster board, I put a pizza.

On the other side, I put all the songs on that they have to pass off. Then I cut up the board. Every time they pass off the song, they earn a puzzle piece. Once all the puzzles pieces are earned, I will tape the puzzle together, then flip it over to reveal what kind of party they earned. The kids seemed pretty excited about the whole idea of the party being a mystery.

What are some review ideas are you doing in your primary?


Mother’s Day Trivia

I wish I could take credit for this idea, but I so can’t. When I was a primary pianist in AZ, our awesome primary chorister did this with our primary. It was so much fun. When Father’s day rolled around last year, I remembered this it. I videotaped the dads right before primary and the kids had so much fun playing. Even the adults that were on video showed up to watch how the game played out.  I couldn’t wait for Mother’s Day to come around so that we could play again. Just play the clip below for an explanation of how this game is played. Please excuse my “end of the day” look. This is the reason why it took me so long to make the video. Well. Part of the reason. The other was figuring out how to put the video on my blog.

So yesterday, I videotaped a total of 8 moms. Four for Jr. Primary and four for Sr. Primary. I had the moms say the same things. I had asked the question first to the kids, let them take a guess, then played the video to see what their mom would say. After we would hear their mom’s answer, I would pause the video and ask the kids what their mom’s next favorite thing was. It was a blast. The kids really got a kick out of it and the moms and dads did as well. To tie this in musically, we sing whatever primary song is mentioned by their mom. If it’s a repeat (which will happen), I then give the child the option to pick their favorite.

Sorry this is late, but, I figured you could use this for Father’s Day. I think when I do it for Father’s Day, I’m going to ask different questions, but still the last being “what their favorite primary song is”.

Oh and sorry I had to use myself in this. The other moms were much more fun to watch than me. Happy Belated Mother’s Day!

March 2012 Week 2 & 3: “The 1st Presidency and 12 Apostles are Prophets”

Because the themes are almost the same from last week, I am just reposting this idea but with the photos of what I did last week.

I printed out doubles of the pictures of the apostles and just glued them onto some cardstock paper to give them a uniform look. Warning, the pictures of some of the apostles were from a few years ago. You can find the pictures here. I printed the large version, but changed the format so that I had two pictures print per page (I was trying to save paper and ink ;).

I put all the pictures of the apostles up in order of their apostleship (?), with 6 of them missing. Those six I put up on a different board for the game.

I grabbed the doubles of the apostles and set up the matching game. The kids had to of course find the matches. Once they found the matches, I talked briefly with the kids about a talk that that particular apostle gave to us in General Conference. We then proceeded to sing a song that had to do with that topic. I grabbed my usual music aides that I use like my STOP/GO, FAST/SLOW, sign for the kids to use. The seem to love having that control.  I typed up the name of the apostlle, a brief sentence that sums up their talk and the correlating song. You can find that list here.

Good luck tomorrow!

My Solution to Posters

One of the hard things about being a primary chorister is where do you put all the visuals that you make, especially  if it’s a huge poster board. If you’re like me, you throw them behind the piano, and if you’re baby doesn’t touch them, they should be good the next time you need it. Right. That of course only happens in my perfect world.

I happen to come upon this idea by accident, so I don’t think I will buy poster board for a long time.

So here’s a visual that I did for last month when we were talking about how Noah and his ark and choosing the right. Well, it was actually Sunday morning and I realized that I didn’t buy any poster board. So I grabbed 6 cardstock pieces of paper and got to work.

This is the back. I just taped all the pieces of paper together and drew on the other side as if it was one large POSTER BOARD. Can you tell that I just think this idea is genius. Hang on. That’s not the best part.

The best part is when it comes time to put it away.

I just fold it up  as you can see above.  Isn’t that awesome. At the end there, I just stick that picture of Noah’s family in side.

I end up with the whole board folded down to 8 1/2 x 11 inches. I file it away for the next time that I need it.

March 2012 Week 1 “God Speaks through Living Prophets”.

UPDATE (3/3/12):

This is an update because I posted this presentation last year. This presentation will go well with this week’s theme being “God Speaks through Living Prophets”

As for the flipchart I used, I of course found it on Sugardoodle. A wonderful sister by the name of Carrie put the images together with the words. You can find that link here.

Good news!! I finally found a minute and was able to upload the pdf for my bees. You can print them by clicking here. Thank you for your patience!

This month’s song for the Primary Program is “Stand for the Right”. I’m a little late with this post, but I figured, better late than never. So here’s what I’ve been doing with my primary kids.

After singing the song a few times through, I played some bee sounds for the kids. I have a digital voice recorder which I hid. I played it for the kids and they had to guess what was in my bag. I had my beehive in there.  After a few guesses, I pulled it out of my bag. I thought of making this, of course, Saturday night at 11pm (church is at 8am).

I happened to have some white poster paper and a big shoe box. I drew the beehive and cut out the opening. I applied double-sided tape to the edges of the shoe box. My recommendation is to hot glue it instead. I was too lazy to get out mine. Don’t follow my example.

These are the bees I made to go in the beehive. I talked about how other prophets have instructed us on things we should do that Heavenly Father wants us to do. I then discussed about how Pres. Hinckley talked about the “6 B’s”.

I picked a reverent child to come pick a bee out of the beehive. I would play the bee noises when they would do this. The kids got a kick out of it, thinking that the bees might sting them. It was fun too because they couldn’t figure out where the sound was coming from. When they picked out a bee, we discussed an example of that characteristic. I then replaced the first “Be True” with one of those other “Be’s”, then I had the kids sing the song.


This was my way of having the kids practice the songs a few times. It seemed to work.


January 2012 Week 4 “Jesus Christ Created the Earth as a Place Where I Can Learn to Choose the Right”.

For this week’s theme, I took the fun and easy route. Any time I do a matching game, it’s always a crowd pleaser. I drew a map of the earth. Just to tie in with the theme and explain to the kids the purpose of the earth in the whole Plan of Salvation.On the map, I placed little CTR shields all over the place.

If you need the map, click Earth for the pdf. It will print on six pages. All you have to do is tape them together.

I found these CTR shield printouts on Sugardoodle (of course). Click HERE for the link. All I had to do was print and cut them out.

I picked 12 CTR shields. I selected 6 songs from the Children’s Song Book that had to do with choosing the right. I wrote each title of the song on the back of two CTR shields. If you want to put more you can. Place them any where on your map. Pick out a reverent child to find the matches. When they do locate a match, have the kids sing the song. My primary kids always love this game.


P.S. Here’s my list of songs that I used:

1) Follow the prophet

2) As A Child of God

3) Choose the Right Way

4) Teach Me to Walk in the Light

5) I am Like a Star

6) Keep the Commandments