Once upon a time, this was my blog for Ward Activity Ideas. Since then, I have served in YW, and Mid-singles. Currently, I am leading the Primary Children's singing time. Thus, I have expanded this site to include anything LDS activity related.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Primary Singing Time: A Song of Thanks flipchart

A SONG OF THANKS flipchart

Cute little song to sing around Thanksgiving.  No "practice" needed.  Play once through so the children can hear it and then sing.  They love this one!

Print my flipchart for FREE here: {{A Song of Thanks}}

Primary Singing: There Was Starlight on the Hillside flipchart


I love this song!  The children sound so beautiful when they sing it.  It's a very simple melody and easy to learn!

Print my flipchart for FREE here: {{There Was Star Light On the Hillside}}

Primary Singing: The Nativity Song flipchart


I know it's a bit early for Christmas, but while I'm uploading flipcharts to my google docs, I figured I'd post what I have so far.  By the way, it was a booger trying to find an angel without wings.  You're welcome.  :)

Here is the flipchart I created for verses 1 & 2 of "The Nativity Song".  Print for FREE here: {{Nativity Song flipchart}}

Primary Singing: A Prophet Lives Today, flipchart

A Prophet Lives Today flipchart

For the Primary Program this year we are singing "A Prophet Lives Today" (Clive Romney).  The sheet music can be found in the October 2003 "Friend" magazine.  {{A Prophet Lives Today sheet music}}

You can print my Free Flipchart HERE:  {{A Prophet Lives Today flipchart}}

Primary Singing Time: Mother Dear, I Love You So, flipchart


Since the children are singing all three verses to "Mother Dear" on Sunday, I came up with this flipchart for practices.  This really helped the younger kids know the order.

Print your FREE flipchart for "Mother Dear" here: {{Mother Dear flipchart}}

Primary Singing Time: Mother's Day Memory Game

MOTHER'S DAY MEMORY GAME (w/ Pick-A-Flower game):

With Mother's Day this Sunday, I wanted to freshen things up and create a "mother" centered game.  I came up with this darling Animal Memory game.  Some of the Dads are taking over for the music during the Senior Primary singing time so the pianist & I can attend RS.  This will be easy enough for them to handle as well.  Of course, it can be played all month too.

PREP: Print out, cut, and laminate (optional) Memory Cards and flowers.  (Laminate flower pot too for safe-keeping.)  Using a wet-erase marker (if laminated), write a song on the back of each flower.  Using magnets or tape, place memory cards (face down), vase and flowers on board.

OBJECTIVE: Match a baby animal with the correct mama animal.

PLAY: Select a child to come up and turn two cards over.  If the 2 cards are a match (correct baby & mama animal), the child then gets to "pick" a flower from the vase.  The children then sing the song listed on the back of the flower.  After the song, another child is selected and the process is repeated.  If the child does not get a match when he turns the card over, the kids say in unison, "That's Ok, cuz You're a Child of God!".  Another child is then selected to have a turn.

WINNING: Continuing playing until all the cards have been matched, or until time runs out.  

NOTE: In games like these, if there are a few songs I really want to work on, I will put repeats on the back of the flower.  The kids like the suspense of whether or not they will choose a new song or a repeat song.  Sometimes, we've even sung the same song 3 times in a row.  When that happens, I really like to ham it up and say things like, "Wow, great minds think alike!", "Whoa! Again?  You must really know we needed to practice this piece!" or "Let's see if we get to move on or sing the same song."

Print your own version of the game for FREE here: {{Mother's Day Memory Game (baby animal memory)}}

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Journey to the Savior: Faith Walk

If you've ever had the opportunity to attend an LDS Girl's Camp, you may have enjoyed a Faith Walk.  I hadn't even participated in a Faith Walk until I went back to camp as an adult leader.  The premise is that the girls are led in the evening time to various "stations" to meet with someone who will retell or share a faith-promoting story or experience.

To make the biggest impact, the girls are instructed beforehand, there is to be no talking during their walk.  Additionally, only a handful of leaders or girls are given a lantern to carry.  You want to make sure there is enough light to be safe, but dark enough to avoid distractions.  Often times, our faith walks began at dusk.

Lanterns (like pictured above) may also be strategically placed along the walk to assist those on the journey. You could also make something like this ahead of time for the leaders to carry, or if preferred, one for each girl.

Remember, the idea is to create a spiritual ambiance, not a spooky one!

After the first year of participating in a faith walk, I found myself being called as the camp director for the next summer.  I definitely wanted to have the girls participate in something like that again, although a quick search in google left me hard-pressed for new ideas for a Faith Walk.  (In the one we did, it was meeting "Women of Value", aka characters of women in history who represented each value, i.e., Joan of Arc, Sacajawea, etc.)   

I found I was left to my own devices, and after praying at great lengths, felt I needed to provide an opportunity for the girls to get to know our Savior better.  As soon as the idea hit, the rest just came to me.  

Journey of the Savior is a faith walk in which the young women can meet those who knew the Savior and hear accounts of how He impacted their life.  The final scene they come upon is a reenactment of the Savior, during His final hours, praying in the garden of Gethsemane.  It was quite a sight to see, and all who were there were touched.

I'm pleased that over these past few years, my google searches have turned up more ideas for Faith Walks, as they seem to be catching on.  I wrote about our girls' experience on my personal blog, and I'm sure it was a Google search that has led others to send me messages requesting a copy of my Journey to the Savior Faith Walk.    

So, FINALLY, no more having to ask and wait. {{Click here to download Journey to the Savior pdf}}

Good luck!  Let me know how it goes!  :)