This past Sunday at Church I was the Primary Chorister. (For those who aren't familiar with Primary, it's the organization that the children attend to during 2 hours of our Sunday meeting.) So I came up with this fun game. I am also going to use it with my scout troop and even at home with my kids. I think it would also be great for Elementary Teachers or Preschool Teachers as well. And it's simple.
First you need to get a tri-fold cardboard display. Measure evenly and cut out 6 circles on the main piece and 3 circles on each of the side pieces with an exacto knife. Make your circles 5 inches in diameter.
Then take 12 boxes, I purchased these at Smith's Marketplace. They are 6 inch boxes. Tape one of the openings shut with a piece of tape.
Then on the other end cut half of each flap off. Do this to all four sides.
And then fold the four flaps out.
Tape the boxes onto the back of the cardboard display covering each hole.
There will be 6 on the center piece and 3 on each of the side pieces.
When you open it up, from the front you have 12 cubby holes just like this.
And on the back you have 12 boxes, just like this.
I then went to Jolly Jenn and printed off the sheets to the song I was going to teach. I cut them apart by each line and put one separate paper in each hole. You could also do items that go along with the song, etc.
Then cover each hole with a layer of tissue paper. I taped it to the front.
Stand it up and you are ready to go.
Now for the fun part. I picked the best behaved kids and had them come up two at a time. They got to punch the tissue paper out of one hole and get what was inside. I then took that part to the song and put it on the chalkboard where it belonged. So when the pianist played the song we would hum the music unless the words were on the board. This was it helped the kids to learn the tune and the words. As we got further into it more words were on the board, so we did more singing and less humming! We would sing it after each set of kids punched their holes.
I think overall it was a success and the kids seamed to like it. However, I still am not a singer. And still can't carry a tune. But I can now say, I'm not scared to teach Singing time. No big deal. Let's put that one under my belt. And I'm excited to have a new game to play with my scouts!!!