Primary is celebrating its birthday August 25th so I thought it would only be appropriate to wish it a happy birthday this Sunday in singing time! We have PLENTY of time before our primary program (scheduled for October 19th) so I'm glad to take a break!!
Our primary sings We Welcome You to all the visitors and we LOVE it. However, we only sing the first half of the song and don't know the 2nd portion. So this Sunday we'll sing the first half using NEW "birthday" words and then learn the 2nd half by having each phrase placed in balloons that the kids will get to pop. Along with the song phrases are 3 paragraphs that tell a little bit more about our Primary's history that will also go into the balloons. I found the information HERE if you are interested.
Now for the party the prep!:
Decorate the chalkboard (I'll be using our push-pin board with pins instead of the chalkboard just because it will be easier to hang balloons)...
(Print my document HERE on card stock and place in a sheet protector.)
(Download and print this picture found HERE on card stock and place in a sheet protector - it's a little small but oh well)
(Print these words HERE and place in a sheet protector.)
Then You'll need at least 14 small balloons (28 if you have Jr. and Sr. like I do!) that will each need to be filled with a slip of paper (found HERE). Number each balloon using a sharpie marker to match the number on the slip of paper inside (example: a balloon containing #1 slip of paper should have "1" written on it with a marker - just so you know what order to pop the balloons). TIP: to carry them to church, place them in a large garbage bag(s), keeping Jr. and Sr. balloons separate!
Hang the filled & numbered balloons all around the 3 pictures posted above using tape or push-pins. I also have some crepe paper that I'll decorate the very edge of the board but totally optional.
Then make a balloon popper using some sort of stick or dowel with a pin taped to the tip. I think the kids will be more comfortable popping balloons with the stick.
For the party!:
Tell the kids that the Primary's birthday is August 25th, 1878. Sr. Primary can figure out how old that makes it. Sing Happy Birthday to the Primary by using the "birthday" words for We Welcome You posted on the board. Tell the kids that there is more to this song and it's all about the the purpose of primary. To find out more about Primary, you will need helpers to come pop the balloons (in numerical order).
Have kids come pop a balloon, read the slip, sing or read the phrase that comes out. Continue until all the balloons are popped, the phrases have all been sung and the paragraphs all read.
UPDATE: There was some discussion about balloons being irreverent, distractive and maybe scaring the kids by the loud popping. Today, after the activity (at least for our primary), none of the above happened. I was able to maintain reverence and not have any crying, kids. I did, however, make sure that when I blew up the balloons that they weren't filled to capacity and we had a nice lengthy stick that the pin was taped to. It made them a little harder to pop but when they did pop, it was a lot softer. Hope that helps!!