|Holidays and General conference ideas (by Jenny Lynn)|
Holiday & General Conference Ideas
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
On a Golden Springtime
The Church of Jesus Christ
Help Me Dear Father to Freely Forgive
Early to Bed and Early to Rise
Reverence is Love
4th of July
Gratitude word game
G =Give said the little stream (I'm small I know but wherever I go)
R = choose the Right way (I am learning the teachings of Jesus)
A = dAre to do right (you have a work that no other can do)
T = my counTry (it's here where my home and my loved ones are found)
I = nephI's Courage (laughing and mocking they said he shouln't try)
T = i Think the world is glorious (the birds and bees and blossoms...)
U = the church of jesUs christ (I'll follow him in faith)
D = holD to the rod ('tis strong and bright and true)
E = childrEn all over the world (he understands each tongue)
Have your pianist play a song and for thanksgiving I'm going to have the kids listen
to the song and figure the thing the song talks about that we should be thankful for. So for instance if she plays Book of Mormon Stories - then the answer would be Book of Mormon or if she played Head Shoulders Knees and Toes - Our Bodies, or if she played Latter-day Prophets - Pres. Hinckley, or if she played I love to See the Temple - temples, or Daddy's Homecoming - dads. etc. I think it sounds like fun. It also is a different way of doing name that tune only I guess you could call it name that thing to be thankful for.
|scriptures||Search Ponder and Pray, Scripture Power, Book of Mormon Stories, Books in the ...|
|Picture of Pres. Hinckley||We Thank Thee O God For A Prophet|
|Temple or picture of temple||I love to See the Temple|
|Flowers||In the Leafy Treetops, My Heavenly Father Loves Me|
|pic. of Jesus||Tell Me The Stories of Jesus, Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam|
|Missionary name tag||I hope they call me on a mission|
|family photo||Families Can Be Together Forever, Happy Family|
|Tithing Envelope||I Am Glad For Many Things|
|Apple or Orange||The Word of Wisdom|
|songbook||Lift Up Your Voice and Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing, Hum Your Favorite Hymn|
|Joseph Smith picture||On A Golden Springtime, Latter-day Prophets, Golden Plates, Sacred Grove, Joseph Smith's First Prayer|
|small globe or picture||My Heavenly Father Loves Me, I Think the World Is Glorious, All Things Bright & Beautifu|
- Assemble a nativity scene with song names on the characters and animals.
- Poster board of a Christmas tree: make all kinds of decorations for it - the decorations had the song names and page numbers on the back, and the decoration had something to do with the song. The children were able to choose a decoration, but then their class had to sing the song well to put it on the tree. There were "special" decorations for our opening, closing, and reverence songs as well. The star was reserved for the last song we sang before Christmas - 'Silent Night' - and I let the most reverent child put it on the tree.
- Make a Christmas tree (small real one or out of paper) and have the kids decorate it with ornaments (songs on ornaments). The following week, put “presents” under the tree they decorated and have them open them to find a song or questions to a song they are working on, or put things in the presents of how to sing a song they are working on (“girls sing,” or “you lead,” or “clap the beat,” etc.). Another idea—have them pick an ornament and a present—one has the song, the other has how to sing it.
- Similar to above idea—have songs on nativity pieces, and how to sing inside gofts. Tell kids that one gift we can give to Christ is the gift of song. One child is chosen to pick a nativity piece, one is chosen to open a gift. Sing “chosen” song in that “style” chosen.
- Have a stocking filled with little tiny presents and a tag attached stating a gift that Heavenly Father and Jesus have given to us. Also have a white stocking for Jesus and when a child drew out a gift, they in turn had to write on a piece of paper something they could give Jesus for Christmas and try to do throughout the year, then they put it in the white stocking. Then the child that drew out the tiny gift, hid it and we did the hot and cold game while singing a song. Keep all the slips from that year still in Jesus' stocking and take them out the next year and see how the kids did over the last year. Also passed slips out to all of the kids so the stocking is full of gifts for Jesus from the whole Primary.
- I am doing "pass the parcel". I am wrapping my Wiseman first, then around the Wiseman, my shepherds and around them baby Jesus and so on. The kids will pass the gift around the room to bells or music and wherever the music stops, that child will open the first layer of the gift. He or she will place the nativity piece on the table and we will sing a song. The process is done again until every piece is unwrapped and we have a whole nativity at the front of the room.
- Another fun way to do a tune guessing game is to have them wear a headband or hat then have names of songs with velcro (it will stick to one of those terry headbands)on the backs of the song cards. You put a card on their forehead/hat and the primary kids give them clues or you can do it like 20 questions where the person with the hat asks yes or no questions and tries to figure out what song he's wearing.
- I would have a short description of what the song was about, or a trivia question about the song (I'd already given them the information in an earlier Singing Time), or an historical description of the song (again, I'd have already told them the answers in previous Singing Times). The kids would be able to tell me how many note they would need to guess, and the pianist would play that many notes. After they guessed the song we would sing it.
- Name that tune--I did this at Christmas time, and I had a big poster of a christmas tree, and whoever guessed the right answer got to put a decoration on the tree. The class that guessed the most correct answers got to put the star on the tree. Because we were doing just Christmas songs, I used the book "Our Latter-Day Hymns: the Stories and the Messages" for most of my clues, and we stuck with the Christmas songs in the hymnal or in the Children's Songbook.
- I made each child a felt Christmas ornament. It is a heart that says "Have a song in your heart". Then on the back of some of the ornaments will be a number. I will then see who has #1 on the back of their ornament. They get to come up and pick an angel ornament that I made and which has a Christmas song on the back. They can then hang the angel on a small Christmas tree that I will bring in. I cut white card stock in a heart shape and wrote on that. Then glued to the red felt.
- A matching game using symbols of Christmas and pictures of the Savior. They played it like the memory game and once they made a match, we'd sing the Christmas song.
- True Meaning of Christmas—put small replicas of star, the color red, Fir Tree, Bell, Candle, Gift Bow, Candy Cane, and a Wreath in a stocking or bag. Have kids pull one out, tell them why that is part of Christmas, sing song that emphasizes it’s true meaning for Christmas
- Put up a cut-out of a manager, and in your had have a whole bunch of long, yellow strips of paper. Explaine that the paper was the hay for the manger and that we need to fill the manger with enough hay for the Baby Jesus to rest on. There was the name of a Christmas song from the Hymnal and the Children's Songbook on each piece of hay. The children who were reverent got to choose a piece of hay and then put it on the manger. At the end of Singing Time, the most-reverent child was called upon to put the cut-out of the baby Jesus on top of the hay.
- Assemble a Nativity—bring three extra pieces_--under the three extra pieces put the letters J-O-Y. Under the other pieces put songs. Try to find all three letters before singing time is over.
- Bring a Nativity set to Primary.--On the bottom of each piece, tape a slip of paper with either the title of a Christmas hymn/Primary song or a question about Christmas written on it. You might use some of the following questions:
a.. What city were Mary and Joseph traveling to when it was time for Baby
Jesus to be born? (Bethlehem. Luke 2:4-6);
b.. When Jesus was born, where was He laid? (In a manger. Luke 2:7);
c.. What happened to the shepherds who were watching their flocks near
Bethlehem? (An angel of the Lord came and declared the glad tidings. Luke
d.. What did the multitude of heavenly hosts say to the shepherds? ("Glory
to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke
e.. Why did Joseph name the baby Jesus? (An angel revealed it to Joseph.
f.. Whom did the Wise Men visit before going to Bethlehem and finding
Jesus? (King Herod. Matt. 2:1-3);
g.. What gifts did the Wise Men bring Jesus? (Gold, frankincense, and
myrrh. Matt. 2:11);
h.. Why didn't the Wise Men return to King Herod to tell him where Jesus
was? (They were warned in a dream to not return. Matt. 2:12);
i.. What was Joseph told to do after the visit of the Wise Men, and why?
(He was told to flee to Egypt because Herod would try to kill Jesus. Matt.
j.. What happened to all of the little children in and near Bethlehem two
years old and under when King Herod found out that the Wise Men were not
coming back? (They were killed. Matt. 2:16).