Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Child's Prayer

For August's song, I will teach each verse separately, using the flip chart at the bottom of the page.  Then, I will teach the children to put the two verses together by having them sing along while I play the video below on my iPad or laptop.  If you don't wish to use the video, the flipchart includes the side-by-side clipart for the third time through.

The video is also available on YouTube.

I can't guarantee this will work, but I've tried to make the video available for download here.

Heavenly Father, are you really there?

And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?

Some say that heaven is far away

But I feel it close around me as I pray.

Heavenly Father, I remember now

Something that Jesus told his disciples long ago,

"Suffer the children to come to me,"

Father, in prayer I'm coming now to thee.

Pray, He is there.

Speak, He is listening.

You are His child.

His love now surrounds you.

He hears your prayer.

He loves the children.

Of such is the kingdom,

The kingdom of heaven.


1.  Before you teach this song, quickly teach the children first verse either "Jesus Loved the Little Children," or "I Think When I Read That Sweet Story."   Have them look up the scripture Matthew 19:14 and quickly review the story of Jesus blessing the children.

2.  Ask the children to listen for the questions posed in the first verse and the answers to those questions in the second verse.  ("Heavenly Father, are you really there?"  "Pray, He is there."  and "And do you hear and answer every child's prayer?"  "Speak, He is listening.")  then ask them How we know that Heavenly Father loves us and wants to hear from us?  "I feel it close around me as I pray," "His love (blessings) surrounds you."  "He loves the children."  and we remember the story from the scriptures.)

3.  Talk about the different reasons we may have for praying.  Some are found in the flip chart and some are not.  That activity can be found here.  Consider teaching the song "Children All Over the World."

4.  Practice singing the song in two parts with the activity found here.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Now updated with 2014 songs.

This week, I have singing time and sharing time all to myself, so I'm going back to one of the Primary Chorister review staples:  SINGO!

The printables are available in MS Word for both American and European paper sizes and in 4x4 and 5x5 formats.  Those links are at the bottom of this post.  Tips and ideas for using them are below.  


1.  The documents include both the 4x4 and 5x5 formats.  Decide which you want to use and delete the other set first.  Then choose the 16 or 25 pictures you want to use and delete the others.  I'll be doing mostly program review, with a few wiggle songs thrown in.  

2.  The songs associated with each picture can be found here.  Or feel free to make up your own.  I've also added Joseph Smith praying, missionaries, and Christ's hands, which you can use for songs with those subjects.  There is also a blank square where you can write in the name of a song that I haven't drawn yet.

3.  Once you have the pictures narrowed down, you can create the cards in one of two ways

  • Copy and paste the entire document once for each child you have in primary.  I expect 25 or fewer children this week, so I copied and pasted 25 times.  Then drag and drop the pictures on each page into different configurations.  This creates 25 pages of unique SINGO cards, which I can just print and use.
  • or, Delete the word "SINGO," then print a page of just the pictures for each child.  Have the children cut out each picture and paste it onto a blank piece of paper to create their own unique SINGO card.  

4.  Have the children color and/or assemble their SINGO cards.  Don't waste this time!  My primary hasn't learned the August song yet, so I will play it on a loop while they are coloring.  By the time they are done, they'll almost know the song.

5.  Color and cut out one extra set of pictures for yourself.  Write the name and page number of the song you wish to sing on the back of each one.  During play, you will draw these from a bowl.  Use them to show the children which picture they are supposed to cover and quickly tell the pianist which page to turn to. 

6.  If you have a large primary, or if you don't have much time, you can have each class create a SINGO card.  Or, you can create one card for the entire primary and play together! 

7.  Be careful when playing competitive games.  Remember that we are counseled not to encourage excessive competition.  If you sense that the children are getting too competitive, discontinue play and transition into another activity.  If at all possible, I like to end the game on a tie.  With this game, for example, you might tell the children that they haven't won until the entire board is covered.  (They'll all finish at the same time).  Be sure to congratulate all children on their knowledge, singing ability, teamwork, etc. and stress that THIS is what is important. 

8.  For some reason, my downloadable documents aren't always complete in the previews.  If the card is missing pictures or the pictures are missing the borders, try downloading the document.  This seems to fix the problem.  If you're a tech guru and know what I'm doing wrong, please let me know.

For the American (8.5" x 11"),
For the European (A4),

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Families Can Be Together Forever verse 2 only

This game is one of my kids' favorites!  It looks intimidating, but it's super easy once you understand the idea.

To prepare the game:
1.  Download the PDF at the bottom of the page.
2.  Print the first three pages
3.  Print the last three pages on the back of the first three.
4.  Cut out the strips.

Now you should have a puzzle with the picture on one side and the lyrics to the song on the other.  Cut a piece of clear shelf paper big enough to cover the entire puzzle.  Remove the backing and attach it to the blackboard, sticky-side-out, with magnets or tape.  Note:  an anonymous commenter left the suggestion to use press-and-seal kitchen paper so the puzzle lasts for multiple uses.  Y'all are geniuses!  (I wish I could get that stuff in Holland!)  Attach the puzzle pieces, lyrics-side-out, to the blackboard with magnets or clear tape.  
Tell the children that they need to learn the song so well that they can recite it inside-out, backward and forward.  They're going to see if they can sing the song from the end to the beginning.  Take the strip that reads "The Lord has shown me how I can." and place it at the bottom of the piece of shelf paper.  Explain that this is the last line of the song. 
Ask them to sing the song with you and listen for the line that occurs just BEFORE this one.  Sing through the song and ask the children which word strip belongs just above the one that you've already posted.  Have them find the word-strip and carefully attach it to the shelf paper above the first. 
Continue the game until all the word strips are on the page in the correct order.  When the lyrics are complete, remove the magnets holding up the shelf paper and turn it around, showing the children the picture side of the puzzle. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Families Can Be Together Forever

(FYI, Reader Melinda says:  Just in case someone else is having trouble printing... not all of the pages showed up when I printed from the Google Doc on-line, but when I downloaded the entire file to my computer they were all there.) 
I hope that helps.  I'm finding Google Docs a little unpredictable.  If anyone has another service to suggest, I'll look into it.  

1.  Print the document below.
2.  Cut out the pieces.
3.  Tape the foundation pieces to the board as shown in the picture above left.
4.  As you teach both verses of the song, add pieces to the board to create the temple above right.
5.  Explain that the last two lines, "The Lord has shown me how I can," refer to making and keeping temple covenants.  

If you would prefer not to use the above activity, I've incorporated the pictures into a flip chart.  The images are shown below.  To print the flip chart, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

I have a family here on earth.

They are so good to me.

I want to share my life with them

through all eternity.

Families can be together forever

through Heavenly Father's plan.

I always want to be with my own family

And the Lord has shown me how I can.  The Lord has shown me how I can.

While I am in my early years

I'll prepare most carefully

so I can marry in God's temple

for eternity.

Families can be together forever

through Heavenly Father's plan.

I always want to be with my own family

and the Lord has shown me how I can.  The Lord has shown me how I can.

To review this song, I plan to use the "Teaching the Whole Family" activity.   And the "Who, What, When, Where, Why, How" activity.