Primary Program Song Review Activity

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This is a punch board activity. I placed ingredients for making rice Krispy treats in each hole. I had a teacher and a child determine how well the children sang each song. When the children got the presentation, projection, and knowledge of the words perfect, a child got to punch out the tissue covering the hole and get an ingredient out. When all the ingredients were collected the treat was made and distributed.

Preparation

  • Items needed: a large foam board-32X40 (these can be found at Hobby Lobby), double-sided permanent and non-permanent tape,  bright yellow gift tissue paper, paper lunch bags, clear packaging tape, ingredients for rice Krispy treats (recipe found below), small Ziploc baggies, and an exacto knife.
  • Print the target halves. You will need to print two halves for each target needed. Cut out the yellow part and one line of the red on the targets. Tape or glue each half of the targets together. Type, print, and cut out song labels for each song you are reviewing. Place the targets and song labels on the foam board to see placement. Trace the middle holes of each target onto the foam board. Cut out each hole on the foam board with an exacto knife.
  • Cut a couple of inches off the top of each paper lunch bag. Cut each corner about two inches straight down. Crease and fold the four flaps out so each bag will sit on a hole. Tape the flaps down with the clear packaging tape.
  • Put a rice crispy treat ingredient in each hole. Cut squares of yellow tissue a little bigger than each hole. Tape each tissue to the front of a hole. I used the double-sided permanent tape for this part.
  • Place the targets over the holes and tape them to the punch board with double sided tape. (Tape them lightly so you can reuse this activity and remove the targets to put new tissue on the holes.) Tape the song titles above each target.
  • Print the remaining target punch board visual aids. Cut out the “Right on Target” title and the target grading scale labels. You will also need to print a half a target for the grading scale. Attach each item to its place on the foam board. Cut out the arrows. Attach non-permanent double sided tape to the back of each arrow.

 You may wish to make two punch boards – one for junior primary and one for senior.

Presentation

I showed the punch board to the children and explained that there was an ingredient in each hole to make something. I told them they had to guess what we were making as each ingredient was revealed. I explained that in order to get the ingredients out of the holes they had to sing each song perfect and get a bullseye. I showed them the arrows marked presentation, words, and projection and explained that I was going to have a teacher judge them on projection (how loudly they sang, but not yelling) how well they knew the words to the song. I also explained that I was going to have a child judge them on presentation. The child would be watching to make sure everyone was singing, that the children were all watching me while singing, and also watching to see if the children were sitting up in their chairs and not fidgeting or playing around while singing.

After singing the song, the teacher and child put their arrows on the target according to the scale of ok, good, great, or perfect. We sang the song again if all the arrows weren’t on a the bullseye. When all three arrows were on the bullseye, then the child judge got to punch out the middle of the target and take out the item in the hole. When all the ingredients were collected, we made rice krispy treats. The following is the recipe I used. I had the ingredients pre-measured in baggies, except for the vanilla. I included a measuring spoon in vanilla hole. I asked a member of the primary presidency to go and melt the marshmallows and butter on the the church kitchen stove when we were about done singing.

Rice Krispie Treat Recipe:

 3 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp. salt, 12 oz. marshmallows, 1/2 tsp. vanilla, 6 cups of rice krispies, 1 bag of mini M&M’s

Place a large sauce pan over medium/low heat. Melt the butter and marshmallows. Remove from heat and stir in the remaining ingredients.  Pour mixture into a buttered 9×13 inch pan. Using a buttered spatula, press the mixture down until it is a consistent height. Spread frosting on top and top with sprinkles.  (If you are reviewing less than eight songs, some of the non-vital ingredients can be eliminated.)

The children loved this activity and sang their hearts out in an effort to do their best and get the ingredients from each hole. I couldn’t have asked for better motivation. The children that were judges were very thorough. They loved the responsibility and took it very seriously. When I asked the child judge what the children needed to do better in order to get a bullseye, they had very helpful suggestions.


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