Here's my NEW and IMPROVED Christmas SINGO! Complete with 25 Singo sheets and 3 Calling Card pages! We will be playing Singo the Sunday after Christmas. It's a fun, low-key game that involves lots of singing, movement and is SUPER easy. Did I mention it's also fun?
Do your presidency a favor and offer to take the whole time so they don't have to plan a lesson as this will take more than 20 minutes to finish (Merry Christmas, right?). If you can't get the whole time, omit (or VERY quickly discuss) the symbols and move on. Or, even better have it run for 2 weeks!!
Find the 25 Singo sheets HERE.
Some are having difficulty downloading the 25 page document. I've uploaded a copy of the previous document HERE. Below are the single singo sheets (now that's a mouthful!) just in case it works better for you to download each individually:
I printed mine on white card stock and placed in sheet protectors. I prefer sheet protectors for these over laminating because it's cheaper AND I put 25 green squares of construction paper as my markers in each pocket. If you don't want to cut that many squares, I'd recommend bringing in the Christmas M&M's and the kids can eat them after you are finished playing!
Then here are the calling cards:
Download them HERE (something is wrong with Google Viewer for this document and I can't figure it out. But, if you download the actual document to your computer, there should be 3 pages and you can print it from there).
I've also uploaded another copy of this document HERE in case it works better than the previous link.
I printed mine on white card stock and cut them out. Then on the back side, I hand wrote a few of the symbols that weren't obvious (all the nativity participants are what I consider obvious). Here's what I jotted down in not so many words:
Star: The star was fulfillment of the promise that a new star would arise on the night of Christ's birth. The people of the Book of Mormon also saw the star, as well as the Wise Men that came from the East.
Candy Cane: "the candy cane is widely recognized as a reproduction of a shepherd's staff." (Bruce D. Porter "King of Kings") The crook on the staff helps to bring back sheep that have strayed. the candy cane is the symbol of Christ being our shepherd.
Christmas Wreath: "The Christmas wreath originated in remembrance of the crown of thorns worn by the Savior on the cross; it may also remind us that God's plan is "one eternal round." (Bruce D. Porter "King of Kings")" The wreath symbolizes eternity and the eternal nature of Christ's love. it is a circle, without beginning and without end."
Christmas Bells: "Christmas bells can serve as heralds of his coming." (Bruce D. Porter "KIng of Kings")
Tree Lights: Remind us that Christ is the light of the world.
Christmas Stockings: "Even the Christmas stockings hung by the fireplace may bring to mind those who have neither shoes nor stockings, whose store of worldly goods is bare, prompting us to reach out and share with the needy at this time of year. In the symbols and traditions of Christmas, all things bear record of him." (Bruce D Porter "King of Kings")
Gifts: We give and receive gifts at Christmas time in remembrance of Heavenly Father's greatest gift of all: His son Jesus Christ.
Christmas Tree: The green color of the evergreen tree remains green all year round. our Christmas trees represent eternal life - the greatest gift from our Savior. The needles point heavenward, reminding us of Christ.
Santa: generosity and kindness
I then laminated the calling cards and placed them in a small bag.
Now to play, there are several variations...
1. Hand a sheet to each child and everyone competes against each other. I'd recommend this variation for Senior Primary ONLY. Have them turn around and place their sheet on their chair and they kneel on the floor. Then, when it's time to sing, everyone turns around and stands up. It provides some great movement.
2. Give each class a sheet and everyone can gather around their teacher and play against classes. This is great for larger primaries and young kids. Again, everyone can turn around to face the front when you sing.
3. Print off one or two Singo sheets as large poster sizes either at Costco OR I "tiled" 2 of the Singo sheets so each will print on 6 pages. You can then piece them together on the chalkboard. Download sheet 1 HERE and sheet 2 HERE (again, something is wrong with Google Viewer so just download the items to your computer and all the pages should be there). Use more magnets as your markers (or use the calling cards to cover matches) and have the primary just fill in the singo chart if only using one chart. Kids can come up and draw a calling card out of the bag. If you print off two, the primary can compete against the teachers or boys, vs. girls, etc. Note that if you only use 1 or 2 sheets, there may be calling cards that you will not be using so make sure to remove them!
No matter your variation, how you play is the same: pull out a calling card and everyone who has that same item on their Singo sheet covers it with their marker (not all items are on each sheet). If a song is pulled - sing it! I'd recomment posting words to all the songs (see how I do that HERE). If a symbol is pulled - briefly discuss its meaning. The middle is a "FREE SPACE" and everyone gets to cover that one when you begin.
When someone reaches 5 in a row, they call out "SINGO!" and you can figure out some sort of reward...I prefer a high five! Ha! But you can bring silly hats for their teacher to wear, a treat, Christmas stickers, etc. They can then go for blackout. If you use M&M's as your markers, they can eat them once their sheet is full.
I hope you enjoy these! They are a great annual game to pull out at Christmas every year! If you need a few more pages, leave a comment and maybe I can put a FEW more together :).
And also just want to thank everyone for enjoying my material. This website has become a really fun hobby for me. All the kind comments everyone has to say make it TOTALLY worth my while. So I'll be seeing y'all next year with LOTS more lesson plans and posts! Here's to another great year!