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 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.

For example: OUR PROPHET HAS SOME WORDS FOR YOU, AND THESE ARE THE WORDS “BE SMART, BE SMART”, AT WORK OR AT PLAY, IN DARKNESS OR LIGHT. BE TRUE, BE TRUE AND STAND FOR THE RIGHT.

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

 

The Scriptures Teach Me HOW and WHEN to Pray

Here we are again. I’d like to say it’s the 11th hour but we’re waaaaaaay past that. That’s how much I love ya. I just had to share this idea. I will say that the inspiration did come at the 11th hour. Tomorrow in primary, we’re teaching the children that the scriptures teach us how to pray and when to pray. I was scanning through blogs, seeing what others will be doing. I came across “I Heart Primary Music”. Can I just sat that I heart I Heart Primary Music. I found her post from last weeks music time and loved her idea of having the kids sing the primary songs doing the different actions we’re supposed to do during prayer. I started drawing out the pictures of the actions to give the kids a visual. After drawing my visuals, I came up with an idea.

So here it is:

I drew more pictures and put them in stacks for the kids to choose from. Three kids will be called on, one at a time. They will pick out a stack and start putting their prayer person together.

Here’s one of the stacks. After the kids put the pictures together, I’m going to ask them if this person were to say prayer, are they ready? Definitely not. I’ll have them point out what’s wrong. The eyes of course.

Then I’ll put up this picture with the “closed eyes”.  I will have the kids sing “Teach Me To Walk” with their eyes closed.

Here’s the next stack of pictures. Can you guess what’s wrong with the picture? You got it. The arms. We definitely don’t do the “shaka” when we’re saying prayer.

I’ll put this picture up and have the kids sing “All Over The World” with their arms folded.

The last stack shows that the person is not kneeling, but standing on one foot. What is the proper thing to do at family prayer time? Kneel.

Here’s my kneeling picture. The kids will all kneel on the floor and sing “Love is Spoken Here”. Very appropriate don’t you think?

By the end, we should have all the pictures up of the proper way to be when saying prayer. I will put up the picture of how we should “bow our heads”.  For the last song I will have the kids sing “I Pray in Faith”. I thought that that was a good song that tied everything in.

I don’t have a PDF file of my drawings, but I figure they’re simple enough to draw. I think the kids will get a kick out of putting together their prayer person and seeing the funny things they shouldn’t be doing. I think it will help drive home the point of being ready for prayer.