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Liahona Song Search: A Primary Singing Time Idea

In First Nephi Chapter 16, a ball or director was given to Lehi and his family to help guide their way through the wilderness, over the sea and to the Promised Land.  It had messages from time to time from the Lord and was called, the Liahona.




In part of verse ten, it reads:

10 And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round aball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. 





Today we're going to use our "Primary Liahona" to help find our songs to sing for Singing Time!!!!

(fun fact:  Did you know the name of the ball, the "Liahona", isn't disclosed until Alma 37:38?)





Before Primary, print out THESE Liahona visuals.  One is the "Liahona".  Print on gold/yellow paper (I printed mine on a manilla envelope), cut, and laminate.  Do the same with the circle and place it on the back.  Put a brad in the center to keep them together as you spin.  We also included a blank circle in with the document, so that if you'd like to make your own wording, you can.




You will also need to place song titles of choice in the coordinating locations in the Primary room (ie. the piano, podium, chalkboard, etc.)








During Singing Time, call up a reverent helper to be the one to find the song, the "finder".  Spin the Liahona to the first song clue.  Read what it says.  Let the "finder" listen and go find the next song title in the hidden place.  Of course, the other Primary children can listen and help along the way!  







Then, sing the song that was found and turn the liahona for the next clue!

We hope your children have fun with this Singing Time and learning about the Liahona.  Make sure to tell them the Liahona wouldn't work if Lehi's family wasn't being good and keeping the commandments.  We ALL need to be good, kind to one another, and keep the commandments so that WE can hear God's messages through the Holy Ghost and be guided back to heaven.



You could send them home with this Liahona dot-to-dot from the 1987 June Friend to do with their families during their CFM lesson :)






We hope your Primary children have fun with this Liahona Song Search for Singing Time!!!


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Hold to the Rod!: A Book of Mormon Primary Singing Time Idea

For this week and next in the Come, Follow Me-Book of Mormon manual, it is focused on the chapters of Lehi and Nephi's vision of the Tree of Life (1 Nephi chapters 8-15).


In this beautiful and detailed vision, people are led to a Tree by clinging onto an Iron Rod.  If they did not cling to it (hold tightly continually), they would be led away to different paths and directions.




The Tree of Life and its fruit represent the Love of God and ETERNAL LIFE and the Rod of Iron represents the WORD OF GOD.

This vision is so powerful and meaningful for US today! So let's use it during singing time to help the children understand its importance!



To help visualize and get the kids involved, we thought it would be fun to use a "balloon blow" activity!





At the start of Primary, briefly explain the vision and what the tree, its fruit, and rod represent.  You might want to show a picture of the representation of this vision.  Also explain that eternal life (the fruit) is living with our families of Heavenly Father again and that the Word of God (the rod) are things that contain the words of Heavenly Father.  These include the words in the scriptures, general conference, and words of the prophets.



For Singing Time tell the children we are going to help the boy get to the tree of life!!!!!!  He's clinging on but needs some help moving forward!  We're going to help him by singing songs that will help build a testimony and that are about the scriptures!!!!


Examples of songs to sing for this are: Scripture Power, Book of Mormon Stories, Books in the Book of Mormon,  Search Ponder and Pray, Seek the Lord Early, The Eighth Article of Faith, A Young Man Prepared, etc.




Before Primary, put up a long string with a straw looped in it.  At the end one end of the string have a picture of the Tree of Life.  I taped one side, but used a stand for the other to make it more stable.




For Singing Time, have a selection of songs that you'd like to sing, choose a song and start singing, and as the children sing, blow up a balloon with a balloon pump.  The better they sing the words, volume, and attentiveness, blow the balloon bigger!!!!  If they start to decline, let some air out.



At the end of the song, tape the balloon to the straw along with the paper boy printout (designed by Michelle at iheartprimarymusic).  Print HERE.




(The Tree of Life visual was found in the January 2011 Friend on page 41 HERE.)

Clip the end of the balloon with a clip.  It works great to fold the end of the opening of the balloon and then clip it.   This prevents any air escaping, before the child is ready to come up and let it go.



Have a child come up and on the count of three, pinch the clip and let the balloon go!!!!!!!!



The purpose is to have enough air in the balloon to get the boy to the Tree of Life!


HE MADE IT!!!!!!




Repeat with however much time you have for Singing Time.



At the end, make sure to share your testimony of clinging on to the Rod - reading the scriptures EVERYDAY and throughout their lives!!!!!  Staying true to Heavenly Father's commandments will lead up to the temple and happiness and ultimately living in heaven with God.



*Side note: I suggest you try this at home first - it took me and my boys a couple tries to get the system down.  My boys LOVED helping and doing this activity!  They ended up naming the boy, George :)



We hope ALL of you amazing music leaders are, as well, doing your best to CLING TO THE ROD!!!!!  READ YOUR SCRIPTURES EVERYDAY!!!!  You are amazing and keep up your great work in Primary!!!!




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(original Balloon Blow idea found, HERE from littleldsideas - such a fun site!)

Primary Singing Time Ideas for Winter!

So you're looking for some ideas for Singing Time this Winter are ya???


Well, you've come to the right place!!!




We've compiled some easy and fun Singing Time Ideas perfect to go along with cold weather.  And don't worry if your town doesn't have snow!!! You can still do all of these and bring some Winter fun to your Primary!!!!



Bring your space heater a little closer cause here we gggggo!!!!!!!






1-Snowball Fight - Give each child in the room a piece of paper.  Let them write their favorite song on the paper and then crumple it up into a "snow"ball.  When they have all finished, on the count of 3, let them through their snowball at you, the pianist and primary presidency, and have a snowball fight!!!

Call up a child to pick one of the snowballs, read the song title, and then sing that song!

For Junior Primary, you could have each class choose one song and let the teacher write it down for each child, or have each child tell the teacher their favorite song and write each down for them.




*Another way you could have a snowball fight, is to have different song titles on the chalkboard.  Call up a child to throw a crumpled piece of paper at one of the songs.  Whichever one it hits, is the song you sing.




2-"Snow"ball toss - Set up 5-6 clear plastic cups on the Primary table, each having a song title on them.  Call up a child and hand them 3 "snow"balls (cotton balls).  Have a set point for them to stand and try to throw one into a cup.  The cup it lands in is the next song to sing!







3-SnowFlakes - Display some different cut snowflakes on the chalkboard, each having a song to sing written on the back (or a different way to sing a song - if you're reviewing a certain song).  Call up a child to pick their favorite snowflake and then sing that song!

For some reeeeeallly neat church related snowflake cutouts by theocdchorister, CLICK HERE.

*Another idea using snowflakes is to get a large piece of paper (or white poster board).  Trace a large circle and cut out.  Then fold it like you would to make a giant snowflake.  During Singing Time, depending on how well the kids are singing, cut several shapes/triangles out after each song.  At the end of Primary, open the snowflake and show the giant snowflake creation!


*Aaaaand another snowflake idea is to put a line of duck tape down.  Choose a reverent child to come to the line and they get to throw a bean bag onto one of the snowflakes.  Each snowflake needs a song to sing on the back.  After each snowflake is chosen, pick it up so it won't be chosen again.  If the bean bag doesn't land on one directly, choose the nearest one.








4-Winter Ways to Sing -  Pick some songs for the children to sing during Singing Time and for the song, let them children sing it in a fun winter way.  Some suggestions are:


Waddle like a penguin, fall like a snowflake (wiggle fingers and move hands down), roll like a ball, melt like a snowman, shovel the snow, slip on ice, skate on ice, snow angels (jumping jacks), sleds (hands in air like your going downhill fast), skis (move arms and legs back and forth fast), throw snowballs.

(for a dice to roll printable of some of these ways to sing, CLICK HERE to lifeovercs.com)



Another fun winter way to sing a song is by mixing up the words to Popcorn Popping:


I looked out the window and what did I see?  Snowflakes falling on the evergreen tree.
Winter has brought me such a nice surprise, snowflakes falling right before my eyes.

I can take a handful and make a ball, and build a snowman who is ten feet tall!
I really love the snow, it's chilly and freezing!
Snowflake falling on the evergreen tree.





5-Build a Snowman - Display different pieces to a snowman on the chalkboard (all separate), each having a song to sing on the back.  Call up a child to choose one and place it to start to build the snowman.  Then sing the song.  Make sure to sing Once There Was a Snowman!!!


You could also do this activity in reverse - start with a built snowman and take him apart.  This could be fun for Spring!  I did this one year - when we took off his hat, one child said, "Look!  He's bald!!!"




For a free printable snowman from lifeissweeterbydsign, CLICK HERE.






5-Seek in the Snow - For this Singing time, the children seek in the "snow" for the next song to sing.





For our original post and instructions, CLICK HERE.







6-Snow much fun to Sing.

For this Singing Time, choose a child to pick one of the penguins.  Each penguin has a song to sing on the back.  Then pick another child.  Give them 3 snowballs (styrofoam... of course) and they get to try to throw one of them through a hole in the igloo.  Each hole represents a way to sing the song.




For the original post and instructions, CLICK HERE.







7-Ice Cube Race.

Race the ice cubes down the tracks!  Each track represents a song to sing.  The fastest ice cube is the song to sing.  Check out the original post from our site HERE.






8-Ice Breaker.

Break the ice to reveal the song inside!  Original post and instructions HERE.






9-Snowball Songs. - Dig into the snowball to reveal the next song to sing!  For the details on how to make the snowballs (no, it's not real snow), CLICK HERE.




You could also make snowmen instead of balls.





10-It's a Blizzard!!!  As the children sing, toss out mini marshmallows to those who are singing their best.  Stick out your tongue, cause here they come!!!!






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Snowball Songs: Primary Singing Time Idea

This is a fun Winter Singing Time Idea to do no matter if you have snow in your town or not!!!!



All you need to make snow is some baking soda and white hair conditioner!


First, I mixed the two ingredients.  Mix about 2 1/2 cups baking soda and 1/2 cup conditioner - give or take.  I slowly added the conditioner to the baking soda to make sure I didn't add too much.  It should look like this:

Next, I added a song title that I printed and "lazy" laminated (two pieces of tape on the top and back side).



Then rolled it into a snowball :)



Roll as many snowballs and as many songs you'd like to sing on Sunday.  Make sure to do 2 batches if you do a Junior AND Senior Singing Time seperate.


For Primary, call up a reverent child to come up and pick a snowball and dig into it to find the song, then sing that song!!!!




sniff sniff... oh they smell soooo good!!!


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Ice Cube Race: Primary Singing Time Idea

Ice. 

Ice comes to mind when I think about Winter!  So I thought it would be fun to do a Primary Singing Time involving ice


....and R A C I N G!!!!

For this Singing Time, tape two racing tracks onto the table.  Next, tape a strip of tape on each track with a Primary song title on it.



Call up two children to stand on either side, hand them each an ice cube, and on the count of 3 have them let the cube go!  Whosever cube gets to the end first, is the song to sing!




I'll Walk With you it is!!!!



Take off the tape and stick more song titles on for the next round.

If you're working on a certain song, you could leave one on and only switch out 1 of the taped song.



Does this remind anyone of Ice Blocking???  Did anyone else do that when they were younger???




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Ice Breaker: Primary Singing Time Idea

Can you tell I have all boys at my house????

I naturally tend to do Singing Time activities that are messy and active!

When I was thinking of some Winter Singing Time Ideas, this was one of the first to come to mind:




Ice Breaker - 

Start by deciding which songs you'd like to sing on Sunday.  Write them down or print them out on a strip of paper.  Laminate them 

....or do it the lazy way like I usually do because my laminator is downstairs (put two pieces of tape to cover the strip of paper.  Voila!  Instantly waterproof!






Add the strips to separate muffin tin cups or into an ice tray.  Fill half way up. Freeze.

Bring to Primary in a cooler.  Call up a reverent child (or pull name sticks, sticker - however you do it in your Primary), and let them break the ice, revealing the song in it.  Read the song title and then sing away!!!!


Now.  

Yes, this makes a mess.  Bring a towel and I suggest doing it on the floor away from other children.  Use your judgement on if this is a good activity for your Primary and be cautious on which child you choose to break the ice.  



Have a great winter Singing Time!!!



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Snowball Fight

I remember one time my husband came home from work for his lunch break.





Let me explain the reason I said "one time".



It had just snowed a TON in our city and my oldest son and I built a huge snowball wall and gathered a good supply of snowball ammo.  Do you see where this is heading yet?



When my husband came home, we were hiding behind the wall and he didn't see us.  He got out of his truck and started walking towards us.  We surprised attacked him and a small spray of snowballs came his way!!!!



And that was the one time he came home on his lunch break.

The end.







Just kidding it's not the end of the post. (But not just kidding about the surprise snowball attack.  See pictures at the end of this post).




Anywho.  Point of the story?




Snowballs are fun.





So I decided to use them during our Primary Singing Time!!!!



Here are the instructions:


Snowball Fight - Give each child a piece of paper.  Let them write their favorite song on the paper and then crumple it up into a "snow"ball.  When they have all finished, on the count of 3, let them through their snowball at you (or the pianist, you, and the presidency) and have a snowball fight!!!



Call up a child to pick one of the snowballs, read the song title, and then sing that song!

For Junior Primary, you could have each class pick one song and let the teacher write it down for each child, or have each child tell the teacher their favorite song and write each down for them.








And the promised pics:


Can you see the peek hole? hehehehe

See?  Snowballs are fun :)


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