Saturday, March 30, 2013

Resurrection Easter Eggs Singing Time

The Resurrection of Christ....the greatest event to ever take place for us....
I have SO loved this idea since getting it once in Relief Society in a lesson on the great sacrifice of our Savior and His Atonement. I have used this around the Easter dinner table in my family. I've used it teaching teenagers in Sunday School and in a Family Night. And I've reused it in primary.

Kids love object lessons. And this easter egg "signs of the Savior's Sacrifice for us" is a great object lesson for kids and adults alike.  Every year, when I've taken out my little basket of eggs I've got a tear in my eye. I love the Savior. I believe in Him with all my heart. And I know in whom I have trusted.
If you want to hear a great talk check it out HERE.

In this chaotic life we are all a part of, it is a simple and clear walk through the steps to the Savior's crucifiction and  resurrection, easily understood. I would try if I could to get the presidency to let you have a little extra time one of these upcoming weeks leading up to Easter.

I love this painting depicting the sacrifice our Savior made for us....
So many times we address just the "Next Lesson" in the yearly lessons at church. As a former Catholic, and a convert to the church,  I always have mixed feelings about this.  Why not recognize the greatest sacrifice ever made,  given by the greatest who ever lived among us on the National holiday of Easter?  I never did get that. Try to honor the Savior on Easter. That's my simple and heartfelt message.
Another favorite painting of mine...I'm looking for a big copy of it to put in my greatroom remodel...it says to me...."I will look for you  when you  are lost...even though you are odd, different, ugly, damaged"  His love for us, evident.
The eggs can be put together using this easy tutorial HERE at Serving Pink Lemonade's blog. . Use stuff around the house to fill your eggs. Another with a LIST is HERE at scribd.com. I actually like both of them. You could do a combination of both lists. I would skip the vinegar though, yucky :D.  A third lists is here copied from Yahoo Voices.



Egg #1: (palm) Jesus rode into Jerusalem and the people waved palm branches. Matthew 21:1-11
Egg #2: (cotton ball with cologne on it) Mary poured perfume on Jesus' feet. John 12:3
Egg #3: (bread) Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples. Matthew 26:26
Egg #4: (coins) Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Matthew 26: 14-15
Egg #5: (a thorny stick) Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus' head. John 19:2
Egg #6: (cross made from toothpicks) Jesus carried His own cross. John 19:17
Egg #7: (dice) Soldiers took Jesus' clothes from him and cast lots for them. John 19:24
Egg #8: (nail) Jesus was nailed to the cross. John 19:18
Egg #9: (sponge) They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall to drink. Matthew 27:34
Egg #10: (whole cloves) Spices are used to prepare Jesus for burial. John 19:40
Egg #11: (rock) The stone covering to Jesus' tomb was rolled away. Matthew 28:2
Egg #12: (empty) He is not here He has risen! Matthew 28:6

I would try to use the songs in the Easter section on one Sunday as well as going over your song for the month. Some links for flipcards on good Easter songs  are HERE at Precious Primary.  1. Jesus Has Risen 70, 2. Hosanna 66, Beautiful Savior 62 To Think About Jesus 71, etc. HERE  is a flipchart on He Sent His Son at Sugardoodle. Pick a child to come up and choose an egg. Read the scripture inside and show what object is inside and explain what part it played in the Easter story. It is usually a very quiet and reverent time, you will see. It may be your favorite thing you ever do in primary.
This picture is from another bogger Beyond Sippy Cups HERE.

I would also include the list of items in a copied off piece of paper to send home with the kids after primary and tell them they can make up their own dozen eggs with help from parents and redo it in their own family night. I loved getting this for my family and I would encourage any primary leaders to do the same. It has made a big difference in my life and my family's too I believe.

sidewalk chalking  & egg dyeing
And don't forget to color eggs and get some sidewalk chalk for Easter! One of life's fun memory makers if you have kids or grandkids of any age! Happy Easter! 

PATTIE



Saturday, March 9, 2013

March Singing Time and St. Patrick's Day


St. Patrick's Day is coming up SOON! 
This is one my favorite months of the year. My family were all IRISH! And my mom was an Irish Catholic. We REALLY celebrated St. Patrick's Day every year. I remember dinners where she would actually give us kids a bit of wine with 7 up to toast to some of her favorite SAINTS. 
Those are happy memories of sitting in the formal dining room with my 5 siblings cracking jokes and eating yummy food. I love St. Patrick's DAY!  

I don't have very many decorations for it but I always do at least my entry table and my dining room table in honor of my mother and her love of St. Patrick's Day.  I also decorate my classroom in Shamrocks, leprechauns and GREEN, glittery stuff and of course GOLD wrapped chocolates! 


So in honor of the Saints all over the world who are do gooders for others I'd cut out a bunch of Shamrocks in Green and add some ROLO candies or Golden Hersheys's Kisses and write all the songs behind shamrocks. 

Use a few St. Patrick's Day decorations to have a LUCKY singing time.
Then come up with some fun questions to ask and the correct answers get a piece of "gold" from your POT OF GOLD (a black container with gold wrapped candy inside). The kids will love it!

 


 Happy St. Patrick's Day! Have the LUCK of the IRISH this March Singing Time!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

MARCH SINGING TIME WITH DR. SEUSS!


IN HONOR OF DR. SEUSS....Bring in your Dr. Seuss Hat to Primary to choose songs OUT OF THE CAT IN THE HAT'S HAT for tomorrow! The kids would LOVE it if you dressed up like Thing 1 or Thing 2! 
Photo: I love the annual tradition of reading with Thing One on Dr. Seuss birthday. The second graders at Willow Springs get pizza on me since I tripped up on my speed read of Fox in Socks. The tweedle beetle battle gets me every time.
Here's my old principal dressed up as Thing 1...super cute! I think I may try to dress
up in a "FOX IN SOX" outfit.  Ya think it's too cheesy? Yeah, maybe so. I'm not a fox who am I kidding?

And I did these "THING 1 HANDPRINTS" in my classroom. Super cute, right? The kids LOVE DR. SEUSS stuff anytime! 
Now TODAY, MARCH 2ND  is Dr. Seuss Day and in my classroom we will celebrate it next week. But you could honor him tomorrow during singing time.
You could do some fun things hiding things in a  'CAT IN THE HAT HAT!" maybe like song titles? 

One fish...two fish...red fish...blue fish....
OR....you could have some "guess how many red fish in the cup?" and the kids who get closest can pick the song. You could have some red fish, and blue fish in baby food jars or little clear cups.


Or just put the songs behind some CAT IN THE HAT HATS. There are stickers all over the craft stores in honor of Dr. Seuss. Or just make some using markers on  striped hats you draw.




SOOOOO......bring your Dr.Seuss HAT into primary and put the songs in the hat and . Or you could tape them on hats on a board.. have some FUN THAT IS FUNNY!
 Dr. Seuss Rocks.

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