Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Easy, Peasy, Pumpkin Pie!!! (More easy Prep for those CRAZY weeks)

LOL! I love this pic! It's silly, but wouldn't it be nice if our kiddo's sang out like this! I think its every choristers dream to teach the kids to LOVE the music of the gospel and to SING with all of their hearts. I know I LOVE and look forward to the weeks where it feels like the kids are actually feeling the music and enjoying singing the songs.

I have been having the craziest past few weeks. The end of the school year is insane and it seems the teachers are in a HUGE hurry to get everything crammed in for the end of the year. To top it off my darling and only daughter turned 12 on May 2nd and being the social butterfly that she is, decided she wanted a party with 20 of her nearest and dearest friends. Why is it that raising boys seemed so much easier and not quite as SCARY?  I'm not sure I'm ready for this whole girl thing, UGH!!
Needless to say, come Saturday night, I was totally worn out from partying with all these balls of energy and hadn't even begun to prep for singing time on Sunday. I quickly opened my blog and picked a fun and simple idea from my previous post. I then realized the next few weeks are going to be insanely busy and if its that way here then I'm sure there are others out there like myself who just can't find enough hours in the day and before you know it, Saturday night hits and its like,"Whoa, I forgot to do my prep for tomorrow!!!! What should I DO"?

I have a few more short and sweet singing time games and activities just for those exact UT-OH moments that we all have! They take minimal prep and can be put together last minute for those moments that we need them.

Crazy Hat Day
This first one is brought to us courtesy of the Crazy Chorister and can be found on her blog Here
For this one you can bring in multiple crazy hats. If a class sings extra well then the kids get to pick a crazy hat for their teacher to wear through out the rest of singing time. You will have the kids trying extra hard so that their teacher gets to wear a silly hat. Prep, putting some hats in a basket or bag to bring and picking what songs to work on. Simple!!!

Spin a song
For this next one all you need is a spinning chair from the Bishops office and some songs written out on white paper. I have seen this in multiple places so thank you to whoever came up with this short and sweet idea! You will place the songs in a circle and the chair will go in the middle. You can pick a teacher or child to sit in the chair. I would have the pianist play a song while you spin the person in the chair around. When the music stops, the song is picked by where ever the child or teachers foot is pointing. SWEET!!! This one could get a little crazy so you may have to remind the kiddo's that we can only do the fun stuff if they participate and keep it down!!!

Cup/Shell Game
This is the good old hide the ball under the shell/cup game. All you need for this one is 3 shells or cups and a ball or small object to hide. I found one version on this blog Here
To play: You will hide your object under a cup and mix it up. Pick a child to come and try and find the ball. If they get it right then they pick their favorite song to sing, if they are not right then you get to pick a program song to sing. Easy, Peasy!!!


This one may not work for Jr primary but would be so simple for Sr. All you need is chalk, eraser and some strips with song titles in a can. You could split the kids into two teams and they can compete to see who gets the most right. Once they guess what song the person is drawing then they sing it to get the point and play passes to the next team. If a team can't guess it then they other team can try and guess for the point. ETC.

The last one I have for today can be found Here

Hum It!
To play you will need a radio, phone, ipod something that you can play the music with headphones. You will have a child come to the front and put on the head phones. You will push play. The child will then hum the song they are listening to and the other children will listen and try to guess the song he/she is humming. When they get it right then they will sing it and then whoever guessed right is next to wear the headphones.

I hope these are helpful to those in need this week! Our callings should not be over whelming, but a blessing in our lives! Happy Singing Sunday and HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!!