Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memorial Day Singing Time

Memorial Day is this Sunday. I found some coloring pages of military men, all 5 branches of the military's special seals and other patriotic symbols in blackline master format for copying. It would be fun to shrink them to 2 on a page and hand out one for each child as they come into primary or leave primary on Sunday.

Children Coloring of Marine Soldier at coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com
The link is HERE  for the blackline masters. 
 In honor of all our Veterans and relatives we've lost in wars and those still serving, let's do a .....pop the red, white, and blue balloon singing time!!!  



I'll write the song numbers on small slips of paper and roll them up into a thin tube and slip it inside the balloons and then blow them all up.  
US Air Force Flag coloring sheet - free at coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com    
Then when I get to church I use some masking tape and tape the 6 or 7 balloons up onto the chalkboard that we have in our primary. It is on wheels.  Then when it is time for singing, I pick a name from one of our sticks and they get to come pop a ballooon!  And then we get to sing that song. 

If you're happy and you know it then your face will surely show it!
 Always try to include just some action songs, so they can stand up and get their wiggles out halfway through singing! I chose to do "If You're Happy and You Know It.
USA Military Eagle coloring at coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com
On of my favorite websites to peruse Saturday night for ideas for Sunday singing is Sugar Doodle. They always have a flipchart to copy on the new song, or organization ideas. Or just the songs themselves are listed in ABC order to listen to and learn.  Link is HERE.
Free Coloring Page US Army Flag at coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com
Long time ago I made a fun little singing helper named LESTER.  He is a wild faced little singer who's tongue goes up and down as the kids sing better.  It's just something to keep them engaged, more or less. It is easy to make one of these.

The red tongue (red ribbon sewn to the white) goes up as you pull from the back....too funny!

I just used poster board and a clip art of a wide open mouth.  You could also do one with a flower that grows, a rocket that takes off, a temperature that rises, the ideas are limitless.  Just use your imagination. 


I would also bring some FLAGS to put up somewhere in my display with the red white and blue balloons for Memorial Day Primary Singing Time. 
Use RED, WHITE, AND BLUE BALLOONS THIS MEMORIAL DAY IN PRIMARY! 


Here are a few examples of what you could make on the poster board.  For Lester I used just some red fur for his head. This would have been even cuter as a clown now that I think about it. The nose could have been a big, round red one and the clown eyes could have been, you know some big Xs. Oh, well, maybe next month for that idea. 
Free Coloring Pages Of US Navy Flag at coloring-pages-book-for-kids-boys.com
You just need a slit cut at the top of his mouth and at the bottom with an Xacto Knife. Then use red ribbon sewn onto white ribbon into a loop shape. Then feed it into both his bottom and top mouth and  attach the pieces together a bit loosely and sew it carefully with a slip stitch. Then decorate the head of the clown, or Lester, or a rocket or whatever, with colorful markers.

This is a fun way to get kids to sing in Primary Singing Time.
Here is another one with the spider that climbs towards the flower as you pull the string up and down from the back. It's a little less wierd looking than Lester but the kids, for some reason, love LESTER! Hmmm...:D


When the kids all sing you can have the red ribbon or the spider creep slowly higher and higher as they sing to encourage strong, clear singing! It's a lot of fun to make and to use and I probably bring one type of these out every 2 months or so just for fun.

Recap:
1. Rocket with the red strip being the fire and rocket fuel pushing the rocket to blast off.  
2. A thermometer can have funny sayings on the side like: Gettin warmed up,   RED HOT SINGING!   Come on! Don't cool DOWN! Something like that. 
3. A Clown or Frog or Face with the red tongue coming up and up and up as singing improves!  Have fun with it! (I was just thinking the balloons and the clown might go nicely hand in hand if you choose to do this one!!!) The frog could have a little fly on the end of his red tongue that goes up, that would be cute.  
4.  Flower can have a green stem (that grows and grows and grows) as they sing better.
5. A car or train moving up a steep hill.

In some of these ideas  you would attach the rocket or flower or train to a strip of color and that would move up and down as you pulled it down or up from the back. Be creative! Use colored scrapbook paper with some cute designs or images on it if you are not an artist. Google your shape of choice, ie. train blacklines free,  and then click on "images" at the top left side of the screen and see what comes up!

Have fun with your chorister calling! Remember, if the kids AND you are having fun AND learning, you are doing a good job.  Pattie

Sunday, May 13, 2012

A Funny Mother's Day Story

My beautiful family 
 I thought I would share one of my near and dearest stories of being a mom. NOT!  It happened one night when I was President of a church organization called The Stake Primary. It was helping with 7 church organizations for the children 3 to 11.  I was holding a board meeting down the street at a friend's home who was on my board.
Busy church activities sometimes took over my life...sometimes.
I knew I would only be gone a little over an hour and my husband was on his way home from work. I called him and he assured me he would be home by 7:00.  So I left my 11 year old daughter Tiff in charge at about 10 minutes till, but forgot, (excellent mom that I am) to give her the phone number. I just didn't think it would be an issue. I left the kids playing with play dough and with plenty of snacks and took off.
Me on a much better day...
Little did I know how wrong I would be. About an hour later I got a call from a neighbor Terry, down the street. She said the words no mom wants to hear, "Pattie, I don't want to alarm you, but you better get home right this minute!" and she didn't tell me why. I jumped in the car and tore home (about 2 blocks). As I turned my corner my eyes  met with  police cars, lights flashing, paramedics, and the fire department all in my driveway. And no cars of ours there.

And just about every neighbor in my entire neighborhood standing out on their front lawn wondering where in the heck the parents were and what terrible disaster had struck inside the house while those no good parents were gone who knows where!
Mother's Day Story 
When I got there I ran inside with my heart in my stomach, praying all was well. I met a fireman that goes to my church and asked him what had happened. It is comical now, but at the time, not so much.  My 4 year old had put some of the playdough in his ear and the kids tried getting it out. When they couldn't they called 911 to ask how to get playdough out of somebody's ears.
I'll never forget the 911 call we had for playdough in the ear....it still gives me chills! 
Yeah. A real emergency, playdough in the ears. I couldn't even believe it.  I learned later that my 11 year old daughter had told the police, "My mom is at a church meeting." So the officer had taken her in his squad car down to my church and paraded around asking where I was.  Yeah. I know.  Not just my neighborhood was I toast, but now also at church. Complete humiliation!  It was a really bad night for a mom, as you can just imagine.
Mother's Day Story 
The funny part comes later when all the hoopla had left my house. I had pulled all the curtains. The kids had gone to bed and I was sitting in the dark crying, my happy go lucky husband shows up. He'd forgotten HE ALSO had a church meeting. He was a high counselor in our church and also had a 7:00 pm meeting he'd forgotten AND neglected to tell me about. So he simply went straight to his meeting leaving me in the dust.
The next day was Halloween. Yeah. I remember trick or treating through my neighborhood THAT year.
At Halloween this year with my 3 granddaughters....MUCH more fun! 

So I guess, time + crisis = humor, as they say. I can laugh about it now, but it was probably my worst experience as a mom. But as all moms know, there are a multitude of stories, almost equally awful, that we could substitute, am I right? I can tell you with complete conviction, looking back, it is ALL WORTH IT.

Cuz look what I got! 

My family is the best, most important thing in my life.  Enjoy them while they are little. It goes so quick. Happy Mother's Day to all who mother, whether it is your own kids or others, we all honor you today. For all the highs and all the lows, for all the laundry, the meals, the parent-teacher conferences, the doctor visits, the Scouts, music lessons, laundry, PTA meetings, sports, taxiing,  and did I say laundry? ...homework you helped with and Birthday parties you planned. It's your day to shine!  Happy Mother's Day!

Love this kid. Even tho he was the Playdough pusher.....we all survived anyway, and flourished! 



The college grad playdough pusher.....yes I've gotten over it...it took a lot of therapy.......just kidding. Who could afford therapy?....I had good friends. And that's the best a mom can ask for. Don't ever think your worst days of being mom are not worth it. Because it all is so worth it.  It is the hardest job. But it is the most worthwhile thing I've ever accomplished. Yup. And Halloween trick or treating is even more fun now with grandkiddos. And there is always this funny story I have to tell too......

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