Monday, July 30, 2012

Olympics Singing Time Using OLYMPIC RINGS

Make up some Olympic Rings out of some kind of construction paper, wrapping paper, poster board or just print them out and glue them on a poster. Put the OLYMPIC RINGS on the floor! Have a child throw a beanbag and then, sing whatever song the beanbag lands on. You could tape little white pieces of paper inside the rings OR if you put some tape over a section, just write with a dry erase marker on top.

Then have the kids stand 3 feet away and throw a few beanbags! I like ideas like this because it is easy to make up and some weeks you simply have to practice the songs over and over to get them learned. But if kids have a game to play along with singing, it sure is more fun. And most of you are practicing like crazy for the Primary Presentation coming up!! 
Bean Bags can be made from old colored socks with rice poured into the toe and tied off and cut. Super Easy! Or buy a colorful set like this at Oriental Trading for $10.00! 
    
 Anything that would be fun and motivating for the kids will be helpful during these last few weeks of practice before the big day.  Have fun all you stars out there! 

Saturday, July 28, 2012

5 Stars for Singing Time in August

Kids love a good bean bag toss. I do the beanbag toss for almost every classroom party we have all year. I just have a different shape to toss the beanbags through!

       


Put giant notes on the floor with a song name on it. OR better yet, put the OLYMPIC RINGS on the floor! Have a child throw a beanbag and then, sing whatever song the beanbag lands on. The wiggle, fun songs should be farthest away.

I like ideas like this because it is easy to make up and some weeks you simply have to practice the songs over and over to get them learned. But if kids have a game to play along with singing, it sure is more fun. And most of you are practicing like crazy for the Primary Presentation coming up!! 
5 STARS FOR SINGING    
My daughter gave me this idea that they do in her primary. She said her primary chorister made up 5 stars  using  the 5 stars on sticks. But one of the star sticks is a special one.  Just paint or glitter one of the stars with glitter. Call it the glittery 5th star.

Then sing the song, pick an adult to RATE THE SONG using from  5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, etc.and then come up and pick that many star sticks.  If they only get one or two, then tell the kids what they need to do to earn 5 stars.....or better yet....THE GLITTERY  5th STAR! 
Glittery Star is the one to go for!!!   
The kids will work really hard to earn 5 stars.  They will want to try for the glittery star so they have to sing very special. Keep urging them on till one of the adults gives all 5 stars!

Try to think of some fun way to use the sticks. Maybe one of the kids in the class where the teacher rated the singing, could come up and hold all the stars and wave them to the music like they are leading the group.  Or that teacher could pass the stars to her class and they can sway them to the beat of the song. Anything that would be fun and motivating for the kids will be helpful during these last few weeks of practice before the big day.  Have fun all you stars out there! 


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Olympics Singing Time Ideas

The Olympics is coming soon. So I thought of something that I used to do in Primary Singing Time during the Olympics that is always fun. Olympic Ribbon Sticks for twirling to music!

Olympic Ribbon Twirling...we can do some of that in Primary Singing Time!



HERE  at Oriental Trading is the set I bought to use for music time and in my classroom. I used it at end of the year musical too to add some pizzaz! Kids love twirling the ribbons to music like they do in the Olympics. But you can make your own twirlers too. 

Make up some ribbons on individual chop sticks and pass them out to 5 or 7 kids in your Primary. They can stand in place and whip the ribbons around to the beat of the song you are singing like they are doing the Gymnastic Artistic Ribbon Dancing.
I just taped the ribbons on to some wooden skewers I had gotten from the Dollar Store.  Or you could use chopsticks. You'd only need 3 pairs. I bet Pei Wei or Panda would give them to you FREE! 

My hubs always says, "That's stupid, it's not even a sport, Look Ma, I got a gold medal in ribbon waving!!" lol. He makes me laugh all day long.
This is ribbon I had on hand. You could use curling ribbon or  craft ribbons of any kind. 

Here's how mine look. I think I made them about 3 feet long with ribbon. 

Use up all your leftover ribbons from packages. Glue gun the end of the ribbon to the pointy tip of the chopstick.
These are the REAL ribbons for gymnasts.....but we could do them in  rainbow colors! 

Then make up a list of songs on the board and choose kids to come up and get a chopstick and choose a song. Then they can pass out the rest to their friends and have them all stand up and wave like crazy while the rest of the group sing their hearts out.
Fun Olympic Ribbon Singing Time Fun! 
These were from ebay. I bought a set for my classroom from Oriental Trading for $20.00 bucks. You could also make
them out of crepe paper but they wouldn't last but a day. Link HERE to see.
Hey, I thought it was really fun! Kids will too! 

Then you choose the next really great singer to choose another song and pass the other sticks out to his friends. By the time you are done almost everybody will have had a chance to do some Olympic Ribbon Gymnastics. (At least you can call it that!) :D

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pioneer Day Singing Time


8 FUN SONGS FOR PIONEER DAY SINGING TIME Songs.....

1. Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked  Children's Songbook 2142. Little Pioneer Children  Children's Songbook 2163. To Be a Pioneer  Children's Songbook 2184. The Oxcart  Children's Songbook 2195. The Handcart Song  Children's Songbook 2206. Fun to Do  Children's Songbook 253 7. When We're Helping  Children's Songbook 1988. If You're Happy and You Know it Children's Songbook )

I like EASY for making some fun singing time activities. So for Pioneer Day coming up I think a cute thing to do is spin for your favorite PIE -O-NEER song. You could make a giant spinner out of cardboard, or just cut a piece of construction paper circle into 8 sections and put a different song underneath each one. 
My favorite is To Be a Pioneer....it's so easy to learn too! 

Kids can spin to choose a pie, and Pioneer Songs are underneath. I actually used scrapbook paper. 

An easy way to make a spinner is just place it on a table and use a pencil and a paper clip and use the point of the pencil on the inside of the paper clip and use your finger to flip the paper clip till it spins around the pie. Here's a picture.

You could also do it with numbered, Pioneer Pinwheels! The link for learning how to
make one is HERE at Cafe Mom.

 Instead of numbers you could put song names, or pie names like I did, or just leave it at numbers and use it again and again. I would color each number in rainbow order though. No sense having it LOOK plain! We like CUTSIE here!  
Bring a broom handle and have the kids "walk and walk" around the primary room like they are pulling a handcart. They will LOVE IT!  
You could also come dressed with an apron and pioneer hat. Or get a few hats and pass them around on the teacher's heads. I would have those teachers then watch for great singers in their classes to put the hat on for the next song sung. Boy's hats could be straw hats, or you could add a few suspenders or vests. That is a GREAT motivator for some good singing to happen!! 

A link to a PDF of a Pioneer hat pattern is HERE from a stake that did a pioneer trek. So nice of them to SHARE! I love when that happens!  

PATTIE 


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