Collecting Bugs { A Springtime Review }

I found this cute bug net at the dollar store several months ago and haven’t thought of anything to do with it until now! It’s one of these which have a nice long handle and a pretty large net. I think they called a Butterfly Net and a whole LOT of butterflies would fit inside!

Since spring is fast approaching (I hope!) I thought it was the perfect time for this lovely collection of bugs! Don’t worry, they’re actually cute bugs not nasty, scary, kill-you-in-the-middle-of-the-night bugs. There’s 9 of them, and they look something like this:

Bug Collection {PDF}

I’m going to be reviewing both verses of My Heavenly Father Loves Me this week, but you can use this idea with any song! All the bugs will be hidden around the room, and each will correspond to something that needs a little extra practice in our song. We’ve recently rearranged our Junior and Senior primary so that Junior primary is just Sunbeams and our 4&5 year old class, so I’m going to have different activities for each group.

Here’s some of my list for Junior Primary

  • Follow the leader! Do all the actions the leader does during the song!
  • Sing LOUD when the leader’s hand is high and SOFT when the leader’s hand is low!
  • Sing the second verse and count how many things He gave me!

Here’s a few for Senior Primary

  • Everyone conduct! (in two!)
  • ONLY do the actions, no singing!
  • Pick two words NOT to sing!

I hope your primary loves this activity! And let me know how it goes! I’d love to hear how else you use these in your primaries!



If The Savior Stood Beside Me {Poster}

Can you believe it’s almost March?! I’ve got a great activity to introduce this song coming soon, but just to get you excited about it, I wanted to get you this month’s poster now.

If The Savior Stood Beside Me Poster {PDF}

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I kept it simple with the footprints that I think can immediately communicate what this song is about. I’m excited about this one, and a few of the oldest kids actually remember this song from when it was in the program several years ago which is always helpful! Check back soon for an exciting way to teach this song next week!


Easter Puzzle Review!

Did you know there’s only 5 weeks until Easter? Sorry to scare you like that, but we’ve gotta face facts. I’m still going to be teaching the second verse of My Heavenly Father Loves Me tomorrow, but I thought I’d get a little head start. I’ve got a puzzle for you!

Easter Puzzle {PDF}

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You’ll want to print this file double-sided so the puzzle piece cutting guide lines up on the back of the picture!

You can use this in so many ways! You can put a question on the back of each piece either to review or learn a song, you can hide the pieces around the room, play hot and cold with each piece, or let your kids earn a piece or two for each line of a song they learn. There’s so many options here, and even if you feel like there’s no way you can work in an Easter song to your schedule this year, you can use activities like this to get them thinking about it. It would work great with March’s song, “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” too!


Valentine’s Day Singing Hearts

Those conversation hearts are so iconic for this holiday! They were the first thing I thought of when I decided I wanted to do a Valentine’s-themed singing time review! This review will work for WHATEVER you want to review, but I’m using it with just the first verse of My Heavenly Father Loves Me since it’s on the longer side and my kids weren’t very familiar with it when I taught it last week.

I made these hearts telling us how to sing! (And several of these are different from the ones I included in my Ways to Sing Cards!) Senior Primary and Junior Primary both love those, but I think it’s time to throw in some new actions, and I’m going to be using them a little differently in each group. Plus, even though they’re hearts, I can use these again even when it’s not Valentine’s Day! Talk about multitasking!

Valentine’s Singing Hearts { PDF }

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I tried to make some of the actions match with the holiday too!

In Junior Primary, I’ll hide these around the room and let them go and find one to tell us how to sing. Keeping it simple with this group since we’ve still got a lot of Sunbeams who are adjusting! Plus they love to be rewarded with getting out of their chairs! We’ll sing through the whole verse (or whatever you’re reviewing) that way.

In Senior Primary we’ll make it a little more challenging. I’ll have a child draw one card and then he/she will get to pick WHEN we do that action. For example, if a child draws “Hug Yourself!” and chooses “hear” then we’ll all hug ourselves ONLY when we sing the word “hear.” My kids in this age group love an even bigger challenge, so we’ll be stacking these actions! So if the next child draws “Pinch Your Cheeks” and chooses “Whenever” we’ll be hugging ourselves when we sing “hear” AND pinching our cheeks when we sing “whenever” (we’d have some sore cheeks!) and so on until the time is up!


(and Happy Valentine’s Day!)

What’s in My Binder?

It’s finally time to see what’s in my Primary Binder! I know you’re excited

Remember to post your questions for me! You can leave a comment on this post or on my Facebook Page or in my Youtube comments! I’d love to hear from you and offer you any advice I have and I’d love to hear others’ advice for you as well! As questions come in, feel free to offer your own advice too!

Here’s all the links I promised!

You can find my 2013 Planner HERE

You can find Sunbeam Singing on Facebook HERE

You can find all my Youtube videos HERE

Find the Facebook Group for Primary Music Leaders HERE