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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Interactive Review Posters

I've been wanting to try several of these interactive review posters for a while now and I'm finally getting to it!  Now, just to decide which one!  You can reivew any song(s) with this activity.  You can also check out all of my review activities HERE for more ideas.  


This week I'll be reviewing our program songs we've learned this year so far.

I stumbled across this Bubble Gum Ben review idea HERE that is DARLING!  It's complete with a pattern to cut out your own from home if you choose.  I prefer to just print so I decided to create a digital version:

And just for fun, I added Bubble Gum Betsy too!

You can download Ben HERE and Betsy HERE.  They print out as a 20x30 poster.  Print at Costco or your local printer.  I recommend mounting on either a tri-fold poster or foam board because you will want these to stand or at least be able to be propped up (any other suggestions totally welcome!).  Then cut a hole in the mouth big enough to easily insert a big balloon.  Behind the poster, attach a balloon pump to the balloon opening.

I'd recommend this pump from Amazon HERE (I've also heard the dollar store might carry the pump!).



Krusty the Clown was shared on the Chorister's FB HERE.  If you're not on Facebook, I've uploaded the image HERE.

This also prints as a 20x30 poster.  Cut a hole on the mouth big enough to insert a balloon through.

To use these in primary, just blow up the balloon as the children sing better (either you or let good singers have a turn).  If you use multiple boards (say Ben & Betsy), you can have several kids have a turn at one time and divide the primary into groups (boys & girls). No need to let the balloon pop - after the song is over, just let the air out and repeat.

This one is a little different but super fun!  Lead the music with "Elder Phant" (as I like to call him but the creator called this guy Edwin the Elephant).  The image was shared on Facebook HERE.  I've uploaded it HERE for those not on Facebook.

Cut out the circle for the nose then get a long grey sock like this from Amazon:


The child just puts on the sock on their arm, then puts their arm through the hole and leads the primary with the "trunk."  Good singers get a turn.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Articles of Faith Prompts - NEW & IMPROVED

Thanks to Susan Fitch, I've updated my Article of Faith prompts that I use in singing time almost every week using her NEW Articles of Faith artwork!


You can purchase Susan's artwork HERE on Etsy.


Download my document HERE to print the words to all 13 Articles.

You can find my original post HERE with details about how I use them in singing time (also includes the original artwork that is free), how we track progress and what we hand out when they memorize them all.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Book of Mormon Stories - Continuing On

If you still need help deciding what to teach in May for your song choice, check out my post HERE.  I've chosen Book of Mormon Stories and started teaching it last week.


We worked on the 1st - 5th verses of Book of Mormon Stories using my lesson plan HERE.  This week we'll be finishing up with the 6th - 8th verses the same way.


For Sr. primary I had each group try to also find their assigned verse in the scriptures and read it as a group.  Then when they came up front, they paraphrased what they read in the scriptures before teaching us the actions.  I always understimate the capabilities of Sr. primary as they were able to accomplish this task!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Book of Mormon Stories

For my May "song choice" I thought Book of Mormon Stories (with all 8 verses) would be fun!  If you are still trying to decide what to teach this month, check out my post HERE with more ideas!  This week I will focus on verses 3-5 (Assuming verses 1 and 2 are VERY familiar).  Next week will be the same but with verses 6-8.

To introduce the song, I'll tell the kids we will be learning Book of Mormon Stories this month and proceed to sing verses 1 & 2 with the actions and post this picture of Nephi and Laman and Lemuel:


Verse 1:
  • Book of Mormon stories that my teacher tells to me (Hold hands like an open book)
  • Are about the Lamanites in ancient history. (Make feathers with your index and tall finger, and place behind head or use the ASL sign for Native American found HERE)
  • Long ago their fathers came from far across the sea, (Move hand up and down like a ship on the ocean)
  • Giv’n the land if they lived righteously (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them).

Verse 2
  • Lamanites met others who were seeking liberty, (Make feathers with your index and tall finger, and place behind head or use the ASL sign for Native American found HERE)
  • And the land soon welcomed all who wanted to be free. (Motions with both arms as if you’re 
  • motioning someone to come to you--make a circle)
  • Book of Mormon stories say that we must brothers be, (Holds hands like an open book)
  • Giv’n the land if we live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

They'll probably think we're all done and I might play along ;).  Then I'll mention that there are 6 more verses that they are going to help teach over the next 2 weeks!  I'll pass out a strip of paper with their verse and actions that I found HERE or there are more actions in the comments on this FB thread HERE (I created a printable below in this post) and the relating Gospel Art Book picture (download pictures HERE or see how I took apart the actual book I purchased from the Distribution Center HERE).


Verse 3
  • Alma was rebellious, and he fought against the right. (Both hands in fists, ready to fight.)
  • Then one day an angel came to turn him to the light. (Look up diagonally to the right-use both hands palm up to gesture to something above you.)
  • Struck before his brethren, Alma learned humility. (Fall down!)
  • Then he taught in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)


Verse 4
  • Don’t forget Abinadi, who stood before the king. (Put hands on top of head in shape of a crown)
  • All chained up from head to toe, the gospel he did bring. (Grasp hands behind you, and cross legs as if tied up.)
  • If he would deny it, then the king would set him free. (Shake head, then hands out and legs apart)
  • He was true, and he died righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)


Verse 5
  • Ammon was a missionary serving Lamanites, (Use a finger to make a circle where a missionary tag would be)
  • Tending King Lamoni’s sheep for several days and nights. (Pretend to hold a little lamb, and stroke it’s fur)
  • Robbers came; he saved the sheep by fighting fearlessly. (Swing a pretend sword back and forth)
  • He had learned he could live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 6
  • Once two thousand sons of God were called to fight the foe. (Put fists up as if to fight)
  • Marching as an army into battle they did go. (March in place)
  • They believed that Christ their Lord their guardian would be. (Give yourself a hug)
  • They had learned they should live righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 7
  • Samuel the Lamanite, high on the city wall, (Stand with legs apart and arms up and out)
  • Came to warn the people, and repentance was his call. (Shake a finger--like your grandma would)
  • Arrows could not hit him, for a man of God was he, (Pretend to shoot with a bow and arrow)
  • And he taught in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Verse 8
  • After Christ was crucified and died for you and me, (Point to yourself and others)
  • He came forth to teach the truth to all who would be free. (Sweep hand out, with palm up to indicate all in the room)
  • Hands were laid upon each child. He blessed them tenderly, (Put both hands out, on top of one another, palms down, as if performing a blessing)
  • And they lived in the land righteously. (RH out, LH out, RH cross to fold arms, LH cross over, lift folded arms and hit chest with them)

Download my document HERE with the verses and actions to print.  Cut strips so they can be passed out to classes.

Give each class about 5 minutes to prepare (with teachers heading up each class).  The classes can either assign each child a line/action or just come up and do it all together.  Then the primary can watch, then repeat it again as a whole.  You can also ask Sr. primary to see if they can find their assigned verse in the scriptures and read it as a group, then paraphrase the story when they come up front to teach.

After all the classes have finished teaching, review all verses with actions, posting pictures on the chalkboard.  Bear testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mother Dear

Our primary will be singing Mother Dear, a simple song for Mother's Day in sacrament meeting.   We will be using the handbells when we sing (which is completely optional).  Our primary LOVES the handbells and I'm trying to use them more and more.  If you are unfamiliar with the bells, check out my post HERE (which includes where to purchase them).

You can also scroll through all of my Mother's Day lesson plan ideas HERE.

To teach this song (this activity will also work with ANY Mother's Day song if you omit the bells), I am going to simply write the words on the chalkboard (all verses).  I'll pass out handbells to the kids and we'll sing and ring through the song.  After each time we sing all 3 verses, I'll have teachers pick a good singer from their class to come erase a word and draw a picture of their mother's smiling face in its place (so about 3-4 kids erasing/drawing at a time).  Repeating until every child has had a turn to erase a word and draw a picture and everyone has had a turn with the bells.  Hopefully we'll have the entire song erased by the end and lots of smiling mothers :)


If you are concerned about non-readers, they will still enjoy erasing and drawing on the chalkboard!  Make sure to have the teachers sing along or play the song on CD so the kids can listen to the words and do their best to sing along.  The younger kids learn best by repetition and you'll definitely get LOTS of repetition with this activity!

You can download my bell chart HERE which plays the alto part (not the melody!).  When we play in sacrament meeting, I'll have my bell choir play through the entire song as an introduction with the piano.

You can also try to ask these disucssion questions (this would probably would be best if you are omitting the bells):

Verse One:
  • What 2 words describe Mother's face? [happy, smiling]
  • Mother's happy, smiling face makes home what kind of place? [lovely]

Verse Two:
  • What 2 words describe mother's eyes? [lovely, shining]
  • What are mother's eyes like? [stars that twinkle]

Verse Three:
  • What will I try all day to do? [please our Heavenly Father]
  • Why will I try to please Heavenly Father? [to show him that I'm so glad he gave me you]


Variation: Place the flip chart HERE of the song on the chalkboard and have the kids remove a page and draw a picture of their mom on the chalkboard instead.  This would work best with a small primary.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Mr. Potato Head Review

This review will work with ANY song(s).  Great for a 5th Sunday singing time if you've got the entire time!  This week I'll be using it to review the 4 program songs we've learned so far this year in addition to some wiggle songs and maybe our Mother's Day song (to introduce it).

I found this idea from the Chorister's Facebook group HERE and the files HERE.  Thank you for sharing!!

The shared Facebook files are to be printed as 20x30 JPEG photos at Costco.  I've uploaded them HERE in case you aren't on Facebook.  I took the shared files and resized all the images so they are a little smaller (about half the size as the ones pictured) and so I could print at home.  Find all my documents HERE.  I've left them as individual pages so you can print what you like.

I'd recommend printing on white card stock, cutting out, laminating (for durability) then attaching magnetic tape to the back of each piece like this found on Amazon:

Here's how to use it in primary:

Draw an outline of a potato head on the chalkboard using chalk.  Place the pieces off to the side of the chalkboard like pictured above.  Post the following rules (download HERE) on the chalkboard.  They include:

1. EYES: Pick someone who followed you
2. NOSE: Pick someone who got all the words right
3. MOUTH: Pick someone singing in their best voice
4. EARS: Pick someone singing loudly but not louder than lovely
5. HAIR/HAT: Pick someone not looking at the words
6. ACCESSORIES (INCLUDING FEET): Pick someone who is reverently singing

Watch for kids who are participating the best in each category (or I'd recommend assigning up to 6 teachers/presidency a number!).  Sing a verse of your song, have 6 chosen kids come up and create a Mr. Potato head with their assignment.  So if a teacher who is watching for #1 - "eyes" picks a child, they come up and pick some eyes to put on the potato head, etc.

Take the pieces off and repeat with new songs or verses and kids until all the kids have had a turn to put a piece on the chalkboard and the songs have been reviewed!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

May Song: Song of your choice from the Children's Songbook


May is also a "your choice" song!  To pick my May song, I looked at May's theme for the month and started from there (it helps our program jive a little better).  May's theme is "Prophets Teach Us to Live the Restored Gospel"  Here are my suggestions (which I picked from the "Prophets" topic found under the Topics section in the back of the Children's Songbook!):
  • Book of Mormon Stories p. 118 - this is what I chose this year, more to come!
  • Follow the Prophet p. 110 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • Keep the Commandments p. 146 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • Latter-day Prophets p. 134 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • Nephi-s Courage p. 120 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • Seek the Lord Early p. 108 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • Stand for the Right p. 159 - find my lesson plan HERE
  • The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden p. 237
  • We'll Bring the World His Truth p. 72 - fiond my lesson plan HERE
For ideas for teaching the other songs, I'd reference the following:

A Children's Songbook Companion.  Find details of this book HERE.
Sugardoodle HERE and search for the song alphabetically.
Google, Pinterest, Facebook (Chorister's Group HERE), or other singing time blogs of course!

There are a few good hymns that go along with this month as well:

Praise to the Man - find my lesson plan HERE
We Thank Thee, Oh God For a Prophet - Reference the 2018 Outline HERE in May for teaching tips

Leave a comment with what you'll be teaching this month to help someone else decide!