Thursday, March 22, 2018

Easter Egg Review

An easy way to review the 3 program songs we've learned so far this week is by using Easter Eggs...

Each song/activity is represented by 1 color:

Yellow - I Am a Child of God
Green - My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Blue - If the Savior Stood Beside Me
Orange - He Died That We Might Live Again (or any Easter song of your choice)
Pink - Quote tying Easter into the Easter egg (I found the quote from HERE)

Each word in the title of each song will be placed in its own egg along with an extra egg that will include an activity for singing that song (this is just a way for more children to be able to hunt for an egg.  If you like, place the entire title of a song in one egg and the activity in another).

The activities include:

Yellow - [I Am a Child of God]: Hop like a bunny when you sing “I” or “me” 
Green - [My Heavenly Father Loves Me]: Flap wings like a little chick following the conductor going fast or slow
Blue - [If the Savior Stood Beside Me]:  Sing using sign language
Orange - [He Died That We Might Live Again]: Pass out shaker eggs and shake to the rhythm (see how I made mine HERE)

Download my document HERE for the songs and activities.  Cut out the words of each song title and then cut out each activity.  Place each song/activity in the same color of eggs.  For the pink egg quote, there are 2 options - you can word scramble the quote and the kids can put it together or you can put the smaller font sized quote in 1 pink egg.

Before primary, scatter/hide the eggs around the room.  For the activity, call on one class at a time to help find all the eggs of the same color.  I'd recommend going in order - yellow, green, blue, orange, pink.  Have the kids collect them in an Easter basket.  That same class can then open them up to reveal the title of the song to unscramble and read the activity to go along while you sing it.  Sing the song and do the activity.

You could also have the whole primary find an egg at the very beginning, then group everybody with the same colors together and the groups must unscramble the eggs all at the same time.  Then starting with the yellow group, sing all the songs and do the related activity, quickly moving to the next group, etc.  This would be faster if you are short on time.

Repeat with a different class and a different color until all the eggs have been revealed and all the songs have been sung.  At the end, find a picture of the Resurrected Christ (I found this one HERE):

Bear testimony that you know Jesus Christ died that we might live again and that one day we can live with Him and Heavenly Father again if we live righteously.  It might also be fun to pass out an empty egg to the kids and challenge them to write their testimony on a slip of paper and give it to a non-member friend this week!

If you want to go even more simple, use 1 Easter egg and play Hot 'n Cold.  Find details HERE for that activity.


Another idea incorporating Easter and reviewing program songs is using the Seven Days Until Easter activity from the March 2018 Friend that I posted about HERE.  Use my blank document without the suggested songs to use and instead, reviewing each of our program songs for each of the 7 bubbles.  Reader Beatrice commented how she's incorporating it and I LOVED her idea:

"I really liked this idea, but I felt like our primary needed an extra week just for If the Savior Stood Beside Me, so I adapted this for a review of the three songs we have learned this year. I assigned a verse or two to each of the 7 quotes from Christ, and I thought that it turned out so well I am sharing it here:
#7: I am a Child of God verse 2 -- focusing on how it is never too late to repent in this life and that God will always forgive us.
#6: I am a Child of God verse 3 -- focusing on the rich blessing of living with God again.
#5: I am a Child of God verse 1 -- focusing on our parents and family and people that show us love. 
#4: If the Savior Stood Beside Me verse 2 & 3 -- verse 2 because we talk when we pray and verse 3 because He is near us when we are praying even if we can't see Him.
#3: My Heavenly Father Loves Me both verses -- focusing on our mortal state on this Earth and our bodies.
#2: If the Savior Stood Beside Me verse 1 -- focusing on trying hard to follow Jesus' example.
#1: I am a Child of God verse 4 -- focusing on how we can live with our earthly and Heavenly families when we are in the Celestial kingdom.
And then you can end with whatever Easter song you want for Happy Easter! We are going to do Did Jesus Really Live Again."

Thank you Beatrice for sharing!  I also have LOTS of Easter singing time activities posted HERE that you can scroll through for more ideas!

Looking ahead...with no lesson plan to plan for due to General Conference (YAY!!) I will be updating my Nursery Bag found HERE.  My Follow the Prophet props need updating to reflect new prophet visuals.  If you don't have a nursery bag but have been longing for one, this is a great week to put it all together, especially since Easter eggs will be plentiful :).

And looking even more ahead, I'll be updating all my General Conference visuals (all found HERE) once we find out who our new apostles will be!  The week after General Conference we'll discuss all the changes that we made in our leadership during Conference!  Always LOTS to do!!

Monday, March 19, 2018

April 2018 Singing Time Schedule

See how I use my singing time schedule HERE!  Then download an editable and printable version of the below information HERE or use my April 2018 Singing Time Planner found HERE.

April is a "Song of your choice from the Children's Songbook" month.  I've chosen to teach On a Golden Springtime.  If you are having a hard time deciding, I'll have a post up soon to show you how I decide on my "your choice" songs.

Singing Time Schedule
April 2018

Opening song:
Scripture song:
Birthday song: 
Welcome song:
Singing Time:

April 8th:
Opening song: The Golden Plates p. 86
Scripture song: The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Latter-Day Prophets (find the updated version from HERE) and The Living Prophets Song
Activity: Learn about all the changes made in church leadership over conference weekend!  Find my post HERE which I'll update as soon as I can!

April 15th:
Opening song: The Sacred Grove p. 87
Scripture song: The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: On a Golden Springtime p. 88
Activity: Learn the 1st & 2nd verse, possibly using puppets like the ones found HERE.  For the 2nd verse maybe a similar puppet showing Christ emerging from the tomb. May even plant an actual seed (I planted wheat grass for the song Faith found HERE that was really fun!) that we can watch grow all month long!  More to come!

April 22nd:
Opening song: The Priesthood Is Restored p. 89
Scripture song: The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: On a Golden Springtime p. 88
Activity:   Learn the 3rd verse - still thinking on this.  Would love to continue on with the puppet theme.  Any ideas?  Follow up on planted seed.  More to come!

April 29th:
Opening song: An Angel Came to Joseph Smith p. 86
Scripture song: The Fifth Article of Faith p. 125
Birthday song:  You’ve Had a Birthday p. 285
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: I Am a Child of God p. 2, My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228, If the Savior Stood Beside Me – 2018 outline, On a Golden Springtime p. 88
Activity:  Review 2018 program songs learned so far.  Considering a Mr. Potato Head Review - found an idea HERE I liked.  More to come!  You can also check out all of my review activities HERE.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Easter Hosanna

To prepare for singing in sacrament meeting the Sunday before Easter (since Easter lands on General Conference this year), this Sunday we'll be learning Easter Hosanna and reviewing the song Hosanna (we sing this song every year, find my lesson plan HERE).  Both lesson plans use handbells but if you don't have handbells, at the end of the post, I have Q&A's you can use instead (or in addition to the handbells)!  Scroll through all of my Easter posts HERE if you need more ideas!

When I teach songs using the handbells, I really like to keep the "teaching" aspect to a minimum.  The kids are all just dying to play the handbells and want as much time with them as they can.  I think the kids best learn the words simply by singing them over and over again.  Which is great because using the handbells lets them do just that!  But that said, the song still needs to be introduced.

So...I'll be QUICKLY introducing Easter Hosanna using these images found in the Gospel Art Book (GAB):

You can download them HERE.  I own the actual Gospel Art Book (that you can purchase HERE or at any Distribution Center).  See how I took mine all apart HERE so I can use it in primary (this is one of my favorite visuals!).

Then I'll give a brief outline of the song:

Show the picture of The Crucifixion.  "When the Savior of the world was crucified, darkness, earthquakes, and destruction shook the earth.  Jesus' body was placed in a tomb for 3 days.  Then he arose from the dead as he promised he would.  Jesus was alive again!"

Ask the primary who Jesus visited [the Nephites] as they listen to the song on CD or as you sing the 1st verse to them.  Hang the flip chart found HERE on the chalkboard or post the words like I do HERE so they can sing along if they would like.  Afterward, show the picture of Jesus visiting the Nephites.  

Have everyone sing along with you and the piano using either the flip chart or the posted words.  Bear testimony to the children that you know that Jesus Christ did appear to the Nephites after his crucifixion and you can read all about it in the Book of Mormon.

You can now pull out the handbells (and/or begin the Q&A's at the bottom of this post).  See how I use handbells in primary HERE.  You will want someone to direct the singing while you direct the bell choir!

I have 2 bell charts I created for this song, both for the chorus only (which is great because then you can reinforce the verses with no bells ringing!).  Find them HERE.  I'll only be using the 2nd version which uses the guitar chords on the "Hosanna!"
Time permitting or if you don't have handbells, ask these questions as you repeat the song:

  • What words did the Nephites cry as they rejoiced? [Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God!]
  • Notice as you sing the second half of the chorus that it is the same tune as the first half (pitch lead to help give a visual), except for one word.  Which word is it? [High] Sing the entire chorus.
Verse One:
  • As I sing the first phrase, find a word that means that the prophecies came to pass or happened.  [Fulfilled] Invite the children to sing this phrase.
  • As I sing the next phrase, see if the melody is the same or different. [Same] Have the children sing this phrase and then add it to the first phrase.
  • Now find two words that describe how Jesus looked. [White-robed and glorified] Point out the analogy of the descending scale: "as he came down from heaven..."
Verse Two:
  • Jesus Christ appeared to the Nephites on the American continent.  What is another name in this song for the American continent? [Promised Land]
  • What did the righteous people see? [His wounds]
  • What did they come to understand? [That He was risen]
  • What are three other names for Jesus Christ? [Savior, Lord and King]
  • The Nephites rejoiced.  Now who else rejoices? [We rejoice]

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Review - NEW & IMPROVED

Last week I decided to plow through all 3 verses of If the Savior Stood Beside Me using ASL (find my lesson plan HERE).  We went through it kind of quickly but enough that we can start just reviewing.  And since there's SO much I want to do, I thought I'd review it this week along with the other program songs we've learned so far this year with my St. Patrick's Day Review activity....

I decided to revamp it a bit so it's a little more simplified and less documents to print and deal with.  Past posts are all found HERE if you scroll through them all.

I also have 3 variations of this activity posted below:
  1. Treasure hunt around the church building
  2. Treasure hunt around the primary room
  3. Activities only, no treasure hunt
Do whatever activity will work with your primary.  Our ward meets last and there's no one else in the building do we are able to roam where we like :).  Hiding the pot of gold near the organ will be a possibility this year!

Treasure Hunt around the church building:

Items Needed:
  • Clues found HERE or blank ones HERE cut out and mounted on green card stock (I designed these so you can simply fold them in half if you don't want to mount on card stock).  You may want 2 sets if you have Jr. and Sr. primaries unless you want to put everything back where it was in between teaching.

I also wrote on the back where the clue is to be placed.  I'm known for mistakes!!
  • Green stickers (so the kids can "wear green")
  • Rainbow wands/scarves (optional) to create a rainbow - see where I purchased mine HERE (you can omit and just have the kids make a rainbow with their hands instead).
  • Black Pot
  • Chocolate Gold coins, Rolos or any other type of "treasure"
  • Masking tape
Before Primary, place the treasure hunt items around the building (primary table or podium [clue 1], drinking fountain [clue 2], restroom door [clue 3], kitchen counter [clue 4], behind the organ or primary piano [Clue 5]).

Tell the kids a Leprechaun somehow snuck into our church building and left a pot of gold somewhere!  Good thing he left us some clues!

I'll send one class at a time to go fetch the clues, along with their teacher to help maintain reverence.  Make sure to stress no running in the halls (and no peeking at the next clue until they get back to Primary). If anyone gets too wild, the treasure hunt will immediately end.  In the meantime, the rest of the primary will sing wiggle songs from my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE.  For the 4th clue, I'll be introducing Easter Hosanna (by having the primary listen to it on CD) which is what we'll be learning next week to sing in Sacrament meeting on the 25th.

Find the clues, do what they say, sing the songs then distribute the treasure to all the kids.  When we sing If the Savior Stood Beside Me, we will be signing as well.

Treasure Hunt around the primary room:

Similar to the treasure hunt around the church building except use these clues found HERE.

Before Primary, place the treasure hunt items around the primary room (primary table or podium [clue 1], window [clue 2], clock [clue 3], underneath a chair [clue 4], behind the piano [clue 5]).

Activities Only - No Treasure Hunt

Simply post each of these documents HERE on the board one at a time and do what they say!

This is just another activity that involves lots of movement, lots of singing and LOTS of reviewing with a St. Patrick's Day twist!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

If the Savior Stood Beside Me

Every year, I like to teach one song using ASL in primary (simplified ASL rather).  So this year I'll be teaching If the Savior Stood Beside Me using ASL.  When we sing it in the program, we'll also sign with it.  It provides great movement for the kids when learning it and definitely helps with memorizing the words.  I have a post HERE to help with teaching ASL if you need.

I'll be using my lesson plan found HERE when I taught it the last time.  This week I'll focus on the chorus then the 1st verse.  Time permitting, I'll pull out scarves and we'll go over all the actions using scarves (details for using scarves and where I got mine are also linked with my ASL help post) It calls for passing out cookies at the end but since this Sunday is fast Sunday I'm going to bring them next week.  I only like to bring treats into primary if it coincides with my lesson well - I've found that if I bring them too often and they fail to be a treat anymore ;).  But it's completely optional so do what works best for your primary.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Seven Days Until Easter

I was thumbing through March 2018 Friend and came across this Easter activity called Seven Days Until Easter found HERE.  It EASILY converted into a wonderful singing time activity the Sunday before Easter (since Easter falls on General Conference this year).  I'd recommend combining with sharing time and then maybe having the kids even color the poster!  End the activity by watching some of the suggested videos on  Or hang the poster up in the primary room all month and go over 2 of the 8 bubbles each week until Easter!

I created a 20x30 JPEG document HERE that can be printed as a photo (I'd recommend a lustre instead of a glossy finish) at Costco.  Or take it to a local printer and have it printed on poster paper which would probably color better.  They may want the PDF version which is HERE.

I added songs but if you want to choose your own, I've got a blank PDF version HERE or a blank JPEG version HERE.

Then I also have a print-at-home tiled version HERE or the blank tiled version HERE.  They print on 9 sheets of paper and then you put them together like a big puzzle (just like the below photo).  I'd recommend printing on card stock then taping everything together.

You can also find all of my past Easter activities HERE (lots of them include past Friend activities!!)

Happy Easter!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

March 2018 Singing Time Schedule

See how I use my singing time schedule HERE!  Then download an editable and printable version of the below information HERE or use my March 2018 Singing Time Planner found HERE.

Singing Time Schedule
March 2018

March 4th:
Opening song: Jesus Is Our Loving Friend p. 58
Scripture song: The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: If the Savior Stood Beside Me – 2018 outline
Activity:  Lesson plan found HERE using simplified ASL, 1st verse & chorus.

March 11th:
Opening song: Jesus Loved the Little Children p. 59
Scripture song: The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: If the Savior Stood Beside Me – 2018 outline
Activity:  Continuing on with previous lesson plan using ASL for 2nd and 3rd verses

March 18th:
Opening song: Did Jesus Really Live Again?
Scripture song: The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Easter Hosanna p. 68
*Activity:  Learn Easter Hosanna to sing in Sacrament Meeting for our Easter program.  More to come!  Or I also have a St. Patrick's Day rewiew singing time HERE if you wanted to review January - March songs.  So much to do and so little time!
March 25th:
Opening song: Jesus Has Risen p. 70
Scripture song: The Fourth Article of Faith p. 124
Birthday song:  Have a Very Happy Birthday p. 284
Welcome song: We Welcome you p. 256
Singing Time: Easter Hosanna p. 68 & Hosanna p. 66
*Activity:    Review Easter Hosanna and also Hosanna found HERE with the bells to also sing in sacrament meeting.  I also have a plethora of Easter singing time activities found HERE you can scroll through.  Including one from this year's March Friend.

**Depending on when our ward will be having our Easter program in Sacrament meeting, I may be combining lesson plans these weeks.  I will also definitely be doing a General Conference themed singing time the week after General Conference (see what I've done in years past HERE).  I don't want to do it the week before with all the changes coming!!  Stay tuned!