2014 Primary Program Invitation

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

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Our Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation is just around the corner!  I put together a couple Primary Program Invitations for our primary children to pass out to their friends and neighbors.  We did this last year and found it to be a successful way to invite others to church.  Who can say no to a group of singing children, right?

I made the blue invitation first and then thought it might not be as “kid friendly” and so I put the stick figure family one together.  I printed them as 4×6 photos at my local Walmart for a low cost, and we’ll pass them around to the children this Sunday for them to distribute.

I created the invitations in Photoshop, and I’ll attach blank jpeg files for each invitation below.  Feel free to edit them with your ward/branch information and dates.  If you’re having difficulty getting your text on the image, send me an email, and I’ll can enter it in and send you a file back, or I can send my psd file your way. 🙂

2014 Primary Program Invitation – Stick Figure Family jpeg

2014 Primary Program Invitation – Blue with Family Photo jpeg

 

Get the Bugs Out – Primary Program Song Review

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

Get-the-Bugs-Out
That time of year is upon all Primary Choristers out in the world…Primary Program Time!  You’re down to the wire to get the kids to polish off those songs, right?!  Last year I found this “Get the Bugs Out” Singing Time idea floating around the internet and tweaked it for my primary.  It required some prep, but it was worth it.  My presidency gave me the entire 40 minutes of Singing Time/Sharing Time a few Sundays before our program for review, and I knew I needed something that would keep their attention for that long amount of time.  This definitely did the trick.  My primary LOVED it!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • bug signs found here
  • clear plastic containers for as many songs as you wish to review with one song title labeled on each container (clear Ziploc containers with lids worked great!  You’ll want to make sure the opening is large enough for a child’s hand to reach in a grab a bug)
  • small toy bugs or gummy worms
  • Metamucil
  • water
  • food coloring
  • large bowl filled with water
  • several hand towels

Step 1: Print out the bug signs.  I printed mine on different colored cardstock and glued a magnet to the back so it was easy to put them up on the board and take them down depending on which “bugs” we were working on.

Step 2: Make your goo.  The size of your containers will determine the amount you’ll need.  My containers were quart sized, so I did about 2 cups of goo for each container.  You’ll want enough in each container that the kids really have to dig down with their hands to fish out a bug.  To make the goo, mix 1 tsp of Metamucil with 1 cup of water in a microwave safe bowl.  Add food coloring to obtain your desired color (I made mine green), and microwave the mixture on high for 4-5 minutes.  Be careful, it get’s HOT!  The longer you microwave, the firmer your goo.  Mine was still pretty wet (kind of like not quite set jell-o).  To speed this process up, I did several batches at a time.  Let your goo cool and sit covered at room temperature until you’re ready to use it.  I made mine the night before, so I’m not sure how long it would hold up beyond that time, but I imagine if would be fine if you made it a couple days in advance.

Step 3: Add the number of “bugs” to each container that you wish to work on.  For example, if I needed the kids to be louder and work on learning the words for a particular song, I would add 2 bugs to my container, one for volume, and one for words.  If you’re using gummy worms (which I did, and it was a blast because they were slimy and even more difficult to fish out), I would recommend not putting them in your goo until right before you do the activity.  They tend to disintegrate over time.

Step 4: Fill a large bowl of water for children to rinse their gooey hands off, and have the towels ready for them to dry off.

NOW you’re ready to roll!  Explain to your primary that you are working on getting the “bugs” out of the songs for the program.  Show them your containers, each representing a song they need to work on.  Explain that each container contains a few bugs that need to be worked out to really polish up your program songs.  Tell the children that if they sing well, and work out all the “bugs” in the songs, they will get to come up and pull out the bugs of the goo.

Start with your first song by placing the posters on the board that represent the “bugs” you are working on.  As they improve and fix the “bugs” select children to come up and pull a bug out of the goo.  When all your “bugs” are gone in that particular song move onto your next song.

I tried to make sure I had enough bugs in our songs so that each child who wished to pull a bug out had a turn.  Also, at the end of this review, I passed out a gummy worm to each child as an added incentive.  It was a huge success in my primary and really helped us get our songs ready for the program!

 

 

Cupid’s Arrow Class Party Valentine Game

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Holidays, Kids, Primary, Valentine's Day

Cupid's Arrow Valentine Game

This year, I have been my daughter’s kindergarten class room mom.  It has been such a fun experience.  I love this age because it really doesn’t take much to make them happy.  Simplicity is a-okay for 5 and 6 year olds.

Our last class party was on Valentine’s Day and we did several activities, but this is the one that stood out.  I called it “Cupid’s Arrow”.

I used a large red poster board, cut out a large heart, and decorated it with crepe paper ruffles.  For the arrows, I used craft dowels and foam valentine stickers.  Just stick two foam stickers to each other with the end of the dowel sandwiched in the middle.  I used hearts stickers on one end and lips on the other.  You could also use pipe cleaners, and cut your arrow tips and fletchings out of paper to glue to the ends.  I liked the weight of the dowels, and with the foam stickers there was no major danger of someone getting accidentally hurt (you never know with kindergartners!).

Valentine Arrows

To play the game, I held the poster up while each child stood from a marked distance and tried to throw the three arrows through the heart.  I made two posters and we had two stations going at once.  The children moved through the line fairly quickly, and each got three turns.  This was a big hit with the boys.  They LOVED it.

I decided I could definitely incorporate this into Primary Singing Time for Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure there are so many ways you could spin an activity like this, but for my primary I had children come up and throw the arrows through the heart.  If they missed, I chose the song, and if the arrow went through the heart, they got to choose.

Primary Snowflakes

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

Snowflakes

I found these snowflake patterns at the beginning of January and have been dying to use them!  I finally had the chance to use them this last Sunday, and they were so much fun!  I glued my snowflakes onto cardstock and laminated them.  For singing time, I put all of them on the board and had boys and girls come up to pick one and try to guess the song it went with.  It was perfect that there were several snowflakes that were easy (“I Like to Look for Rainbows”, “Once There Was a Snowman”,…), but also a few that were tricky and a challenge to figure out.  I loved seeing their expressions when they could see the hidden pictures!

My mom, who is also the Primary Chorister in her ward, did this activity a few weeks before me, and she had the brilliant idea to copy the snowflake, glue that image on the back, and highlight the picture or pattern.  It was a HUGE help with showing those who couldn’t see what everyone else was talking about.

Snowflake

2014 Primary Theme Signs of Salt Lake Temple

Written by JaNae on . Posted in Church, Primary

I threw these simple “Families Are Forever” theme signs together to help out our Primary Secretary.  Our presidency likes to put signs on the classroom doors and on the backs of the teachers’ chair to assist the kids with the new year change of classes.  I thought they may be useful for others as well.  The images are 5×7 inches.  You can download the files and print them in your local photo department.  Easy peasy!

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