Saturday, May 7, 2016

a little Mother's Day art

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

I told my kids Mother's Day is the one day a year we are appreciated. But, seriously sometimes it can feel like that.

I wanted to create something graphically for mothers this weekend.


When I think of motherhood I think of babies naturally. That moment when you meet your tiny baby and the only thing there is to do is love and kiss on them (and feed them and change them ect) This stage goes by all too quickly. 



 
 
This next piece I asked my husband to sketch me a mom and her daughter, I wanted just their backs and originally I had thought of like a beach scene, with long flowing dresses, but once I saw his sketch I thought it just looked like a mom and her daughter at the Kentucky derby.  It turned out kind of perfect because my mother loves horses and the derby.  My parents always love going and so I knew I wanted to incorporate a photograph. I even like it in b&w. 

To all you mothers out there, happy Mother's Day! 
 





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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Honoring Mother's for Primary Singing time

Happy Mother's Day Week!

I am so excited for our primary children to sing their mother's day medley found here. It is really beautiful!

Hopefully the older kids will sing so loud and the younger kids will remember some of the words. (Fingers crossed)

So, for mother's day sharing time in primary I decided we will get to know our children's mothers a little better. I have asked the mom's to provide me with a fun fact, a unique talent, or anything interesting about them (preferably one their child doesn't know so we can all be stumped) and their favorite primary song. I will put the mom's names on the board.

I made these Nesting dolls with my cricut. You can find the cricut simply charmed cartridge here. It has lots of great holiday cuts.



I will print out the fun fact and their favorite primary song and tape it to the back of these dolls and I will hide them around the room. I will have the children find them one by one and we will try and figure out which mom it is. We will put it beside the name on the board. I will have to put magnets on the back also. And we will sing their favorite primary songs.

My plan is to be able to reuse these nesting dolls, which is why I laminated them.  So I have to put the facts on there with tape or something easy to take off.

Just a little fun idea for this mothers day.

I think we will sing Praise to the Man Verse 1 and 3 for opening song and I will have the words printed so the kids who can read will learn the words. This way we can sing it once and still have a fun mother's day activity.  Or maybe verse 1 for opening song and verse 3 for closing.

I usually run late and I hardly get to do a closing song.  Not enough time! Such is the life of a primary chorister, am I right?!
Thanks for stopping by.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Primary Singing Time : Quick Song Ideas

I made a few stuffed toys for my primary kids to pull out songs for days when we need a wiggle song, days where we need a reverent song, and later on in the year for our primary program.


When I was thinking of what to do, I mostly had in my mind, "What items do I have on hand?" So, that's why these are random.  A Wiggle Worm Minecraft looking cube, A reverent Robot, and a Frog.

 I made this with felt brown squares and a green anti fleece fabric, I also had this fabric I cut out the flowers and sewed it to the top. Each of these stuffies has stuffing inside as well as a pocket to hold the wiggle worm songs.
A velcro opening that easily opens and closes so the kids can pick a song.

This would also be fun for a hot potato game while singing.

I found these worms on my circuit cartridge. It's called the Lovely Floral Cartridge  It saved me a lot of time from having to create my own on the computer. I just cut them out with my scrapbook paper and put the song on the back. Laminating it to last a while. 

I had a lot of green fleece so I decided to make a frog. It was fairly simple cutting out the body and parts. I didn't use a pattern or anything.

I created these flies myself. I laminated them with the song on the back. If you want to do something similar and would like my fly files feel free to comment and I can send them to you.  They go right in the mouth. These have all of the songs for our primary program on the back along with some blank for the kids to choose their favorite song.  I will use this towards the end of the year when we will randomly choose songs to sing.

Finally the Reverent Robot. I chose a robot because again, I had a circuit cartridge for robots. This is the one I have HERE . It was tedious making all the little Robots and putting a reverent song on the back. I thought it would be perfect for last minute reverent songs if the kids needed to be reverent. 

I found a tutorial for this robot here. I made it a lot bigger however. Probably 5 or 6" squares. Because my Robots on the circuit were about 4" big. I wanted them to fit inside this robot. 

 The Reverent songs go right in the back of the belly with a velcro piece to close and open easily.
 Here are the robots laminated so hopefully I can use for a long time.
How I put the songs on the back.


These stuffies have also come in handy for last minute song choices for Family Home evening or before Scripture study. Or if I just want my kids to be reverent or calm down and sing a wiggle song. I'm surprised at how often I incorporate some primary things into home things. It's why I wanted to make something I could keep. 

I am so thankful for my circuit. The possibilities are endless with the things you can cut out. 
Fathers day ties for Fathers day. All kinds of holiday things, etc.

Hopefully I've inspired your creativity today! Thanks for stoping by.
Have a great day.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

April Primary Singing time: Beautiful Savior

This weekend for Easter I decided I will begin teaching the children Beautiful Savior, our April Song.

Since Conference is coming up and I will have one less Sunday to teach I want to begin early to teach parts. What better time then on Easter?

I am kind of excited because I love this song. My goal is for the children to appreciate the song and words, and in order for them to do that they need to learn the words pretty well. We have a majority of younger primary with only about 4-5 senior primary so it's a challenge trying to teach both different age groups.


This Sunday, I am excited to introduce my echo puppet, The Nephite:
That's my husbands arm by the way...wouldn't want anyone thinking I have a super hairy arm... YIKES.


I found it on Amazon, by Sunny Toys HERE. Most of their 28" dolls are pretty pricey so I was excited to find this one for around 23$.  I feel like mine had free shipping but the link has a $7 shipping charge. It's worth the price because it's very good quality. How perfect that he looks like a little Nephite?  I'm hoping the kids can help me name him.  

As soon as he came in the mail my children flipped out with excitment. We read scriptures with him and I was impressed by how much the children were intrigued by him. My husband even enjoyed it. 

So, not only do I need to learn how to teach the parts really well for our song now, I need to learn ventriloquy.... oy. The things I do for this calling. 

Mostly I will sing a part like "Fair is the sunshine" and then have the children echo the puppet (Me) section by section. I may repeat a few until they understand what they are singing. I also would like to invite a few children to come up and try to lead with the puppet.

I scoured the internet for the best ways to teach a song to children, a music teacher had the echo puppet idea. I just couldn't get it out of my head once I read about it. I thought it would be a great way for the children to retain the words. 

I will probably print out a flip chart with the pictures to place on the board so they can visualize the song as well.  
I like this flip chart here

I am also going to sing the song before we begin with a couple other ladies in our ward just so the children can hear it once with parts. 

Our primary pianist mentioned no one has ever tried to do parts in primary so I am kind of scared and nervous and also really determined to make it work.  

I think for a week at the end of the month I might do some sort of April Showers Brings May Flowers Activity...and if I create anything I will post it here. So stay tuned!

If you decide to try this puppet in your primaries let me know how it goes! I honestly thought I could maybe make my own puppet but then decided I probably couldn't make a very good one like one I could buy. 

Happy April Singing time everyone!


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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

March : Primary Singing Time Free printable & Game Idea.

For March in Primary I decided to make my own game.

I will place the charm bracelet on the chalkboard and then as the lucky charms are found we will place a charm on one of the links in the charm bracelet.

I can't decide if I want to hide all of the lucky charms before primary begins and then pick a few individuals to find a lucky charm then we will sing the song on the back or have the children pick a lucky charm have someone leave the room and then hide the lucky charm, then when the child comes back into the room we will sing the song louder the closer they get to the charm or softer the farther away we get.

Either way, I thought hiding lucky charms and finding them was a cute way to incorporate St.Patrick's day into one week for March.

The printable is 4 sheets. I cut it out pretty carefully, but you don't have to. You also could probably cut a slit in the charm ring and then slip it onto the charm bracelet.

I hope you like it, I am excited to try this with the kids!

I put magnets on the back of each piece after laminating them so they would stick to the blackboard. I also used a dry erase marker to write my songs, so I can erase them and use different song for different months if we want to do this again.

Please find the printouts below.



Page 1 Free Printout (Will take you to google Docs to print/Save)

Page 2 Free Printout

Page 3 Free Printout

Page 4 Free Printout

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