Sunday, June 23, 2013

Primary Singing for 4th of July Match the Socks or Hula Hoop Games!

I found a cute MATCH THE SOCKS SINGING TIME idea  from Bella Online's 10 Singing Time Ideas. She sure has some good ideas.Anyway this "Match the Socks" game can be played with socks from home.  The more wacky and colorful they are.....the better!


Just bring a small laundry basket in and have it filled up with 10 or 12 pairs of socks.

Match the Socks Primary Singing Game 
And  inside each one put the names of the same song.  Kids can come up and "find a matching pair" of socks and then when they do they look inside one of them and find what song they are singing today.

My son Devin is home from Chicago for a summer visit. Here's my little Lena doll. She smiles nonstop all day long! 

And here is Marisa and Meg's favorite uncle. He plays chase and makes goofy faces with them!! 
As the kids match up the socks and find what song they are singing...
put the socks together in pairs.....

It would be easy to adapt it at HOLIDAY TIME time wouldn't it? Having some cute RED WHITE AND BLUE stockings? That would be fun. You could  do the same idea, only  with scrapbook or wrapping paper "socks" and have them match socks and then sing the song inside.
I'd try to get a few wacky looking pairs of socks in your selection of Match the Socks Game
Here's some funny pics I took of my kids and grandkids and a bunch of Hula Hoops at our last family dinner! My son Jeff and his wife Wendy are good sports, and so cute!  

Another Idea is to use HULA HOOPS from the Dollar Store. Have 3 kids come up at a time and try to hula hoop all through the singing of the song. As they drop their hula hoops they are out and have to stand still inside the hula hoop.
Marisa is the only one who is any good at it, she just turned 6! 
 The winner is the one who stays hula hooping and is still twirling the hula hoop by the end of the verse and chorus.  
She can twirl a few at a time and she's good and proud of it!


Then all 3 or 4 kids go choose another person to try it. They won't even know how many times they are practicing the songs! It's a great review game! 

Gotta love some Superhero Socks! I've gotta get a pair of these babies!  Try finding Red, White and Blue for
4th of July Singing Time next week on the 30th!!! 
She's so funny and fun to hang with. I love them all. 

In the case of paper socks, you'd have to have more than 10 pairs or it wouldn't be very challenging. Maybe cut 4 inch long socks so you can make several sets (like 4 socks) out of each sheet of scrapbook paper.  Then they could find matching socks but if the songs inside did not match, someone  has to choose again to get the right "perfect pair" of socks.
Match the Socks Game
I think this is a fun idea.  I'd try it first with just a bunch of socks from your kids' drawers. Just some striped, fancy lace, black dad socks, white sports socks, colorful kneesocks and soccer socks.  Have fun with Match the Socks Game or Hula Hoop Game! Both are super FUN! And Summer is off to a great start, yes it is!  

Monday, June 10, 2013

He's Our Bishop


YA HOO! SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!  I can get back to blogging, I've been such a slacker!!
This one is a great one to prepare to sing for Father's Day if your ward lets the primary sing. It's an easy one too! HE'S OUR BISHOP!

1. Busy as a man can be,
He’s our bishop.
He finds time to talk to me;
He’s our bishop.
Always kindly words he’ll say
To the children ev’ry day.
Let us help him ev’ry way;
He’s our bishop.
2. Cheerful as he serves the Lord,
He’s our bishop.
He’s the father of our ward;
He’s our bishop.
He helps us to do the right
In our Heav’nly Father’s sight.
We love him with all our might;
He’s our bishop.

Words and music: Robert P. Manookin

There is usually a time in your month when the Bishop or a member of the Bishopric is scheduled to come into your primary to give a message and visit with the kids. Find out which week that is ahead of time and you can do something really fun, if he will agree to stick around for 10 minutes of your music time. Since Father's Day is in a week you could have him come in and celebrate him!

Here's my hubs with our cute little Meg. He's donated LOTS OF TIES over the years....and he's been a bishop too! 

Find your husband's oldest, ugliest tie to cute up! You might need  a couple of your husband's or dad's or somebody's old ties. Because you are going to cut them up and pretty much destroy them. So be sure they are ties with a spot or two on them. Then you call the bishop up and you tell the kids you are going to cut his tie as they sing. If they do a really, really good job on the song you will start snipping away at it. (but be sure you have made him take his good tie off and swapped for the tie with the tomato soup stain on it! lol)
Here is my daughter Tiff with her new baby, our first grandson. We had baby Dylan's baby blessing last week. He wore this little 3 inch teeny-tiny- tie with a little blue suit. It was cuteness overload I tell ya!! 


 If you have words to the songs, or a flipchart, unhook it and give a phrase to each class in the room. Then get a really big pair of scissors, you are gonna have FUN WITH THIS!

Keep snipping little inch sections of it till it's just a short nub. It's hilarious. The kids can't believe you are doing it to THE BISHOP!  

So then start singing the song. The kids know if they do a good job you are going to cut the bishop's tie. Do it however you want, you can wait till the verse is over and then have a funny little chat asking the bishop if he thinks it was good enough? He can play along and say, no, not really, let's hear it again. Or he can say, "Well it was okay, maybe good enough for one little snip!" and then go ahead and cut one inch off the bottom of his tie. This kids will go a little WILD!

 They  will absolutely LOVE this. It is so fun for them to see the bishop as a playful, loving guy, willing to come in and interact with them in a memorable way too.  Cut the Bishop's Tie is super fun!  Here is a flipchart for singing the song at Sugardoodle. You could also have the kids ask him what his favorite primary song is and sing his favorites as part of singing time!

 Then go and do a few more snips of the tie on the most important song you are working on this month.  It is a really fun activity to do once in awhile, maybe twice a year. Be sure it is another member of the bishopric next time, so the same relationship can be developed with a different member of your ward's leadership. It's always a fun singing time activity to motivate kids to sing their best. And it's a great thing to do on FATHER'S DAY since our Bishops are the FATHERS of the ward!



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