Friday, November 13, 2015

2015 Primary Song Snowflakes

Back by popular demand!  Print out the document linked at the bottom of the page, fold, and cut out the patterns.  Glue snowflakes to heavy paper or card stock to reinforce and show contrast.  Use in one of the following ways... or find your own.

-Display the snowflakes on the blackboard.  Write the names of the songs on the board.  Ask the children to match the flake with the title, then sing the song.
-Have Junior Primary choose a flake.  Tell them the name of the song that it represents.  Ask them to tell you how the shapes symbolize the themes in the song.  Sing.
-Display the flakes around the room.  Have the children choose one at a time and think of a song which corresponds to the shapes in the flake.

For the previous two years' flakes, click here and here or download the document with all three years' flakes at the bottom of the page. Keep in mind, I've suggested songs that I think will work well, but since I've used very basic symbols, there could be many options that will fit.  

Chapel and "I"
"I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ"

Arrows with two sets of footprints
"Come, Follow Me"

Mangers and star

"The Holy Ghost"


Christ and Hearts
"I Know That My Savior Loves Me."

For this year's snowflakes:
For all three years:
(Coming Soon)

Friday, October 30, 2015

Lesson Plans: November 2015

Weeks 1 and 2:  Jesus Christ taught us how to serve others.
Teach "I'll Walk With You"

Week 3:  When I serve my family, I serve God.
Review "I'll Walk With You" or another song of your choice with the Family Game or Family Pictionary

Week 4:  When I serve my neighbors, I serve God.
Review a song with the People in my Neighborhood activity.

To celebrate Guy Fawkes Night (UK), let the children select songs by choosing from these fireworks.

To celebrate Thanksgiving, try teaching one of these songs about gratitude:
Can a Little Child Like Me
My Heavenly Father Loves Me
Children All Over the World
or use one of these activities:
Hot (sweet)Potato
Thanksgiving Turkey

Get ready for Christmas by practicing one of the following songs:
Picture a Christmas
Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus
The Nativity Song
When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Armor of God

I created this art specifically to be used in introduction of the second verse of "Scripture Power," but it could be used with any scripture theme.  If you do use it for "Scripture Power," you should know that there is a small discrepancy.  In the song, it mentions the "Sword of Truth," while Ephesians calls it the "Sword of the Spirit."  My personal feeling is this- if you use this activity first, followed by the second verse of the song the next week, the children will likely have forgotten what the sword represents and won't notice.  If you're very concerned about them learning the incorrect terms, my only second suggestion would be to change the words in the song.  If you do choose to change the words, make sure to first have it approved by your Primary President.  It's possible that the "incorrect" wording is deliberate and I'd hate to miss teaching an important point of doctrine.  If you have strong feelings one way or the other, please do share them in the comments.
ANYWAY, for this activity, you'll need to print one of the documents at the bottom of the page.  There is a color version and a black and white version which you can color yourself or ask the Activity Days children to color for you.  Cut out the boy and paste him together at the seams. Post him at the front of the room. 
Cut out the pieces of armor and post them in different areas around the room. 
Begin by explaining the concept of the Armor of God.  Ask the children what armor does.  How are the scriptures like armor?  Read Ephesians 6:11 "Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
Have children choose a picture of a piece of armor from around the room. Read the scripture reference, name the armor, and add it to the boy at the front of the room.  Then sing the corresponding song.  My suggestions are listed below.
Remember that singing time is not sharing time.  It's fine to teach the children a quick lesson, but the emphasis MUST be on the singing.  Make sure to use the vast majority of your time on music. 
As a final note, there ARE several church-approved images of the Armor of God.  I created these because I wanted something large enough to be seen by all of the children.  If you have a smaller Primary, you may choose to use the church resources.
Girdle of Truth
Ephesians 6:14

Shoes- the Gospel of Peace
Ephesians 6:15
 I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ
Breastplate of Righteousness
Ephesians 6:14

Helmet of Salvation
Ephesians 6:17

Shield of Faith
Ephesians 6:16

Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17
The Holy Ghost
The Still Small Voice
Listen, Listen

for the color version:
for the black and white version:

You might choose to print a copy of this black and white page for the children to take home and explain in Family Home Evening.  This also satisfies a Faith in God requirement for the older children!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Family Pictionary

I can't remember where I first saw this idea, so I don't know to whom I should give credit.  If the idea was yours, feel free to e-mail me and I'll add your name to the post.

Use this activity to repeat songs about home and family multiple times. As the children sing the song, you (or another adult) draws a picture of one of the children's family.  At the end, choose a super singer to guess which family it represents. 

Remember to be sensitive to children whose families are non-traditional or are struggling, but don't exclude them.