New and refurbished ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders (a.k.a. Primary Choristers)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

TIC-TAC-SING REVIEW

I'M BAAAAAAAACK!
WHEW! It has been a busy summer already with a new grandchild being born, hanging out at amusement parks with the grand kids, camping with the fam and a zillion other things on top of the every day stuff. 


Since this is the last Sunday of the month, it is time to do a review of the
program songs.
Sometimes, these review times are the only chances we get to sing some of them with so many other songs to sing throughout the year. This Sunday, I am going to do a
Tic-Tac-Sing. 
This is an easy and fun review game to play. I have an old Tic-Tac-Toe poster board game board I'm going to use that I made a zillion years ago before we had a chalkboard in the old building's Primary room—back when the room was originally designed as the "JR Sunday School Room" AND before they had the portable rolling chalkboards in the building AND shortly after they changed to the block time and moved Primary from the week day to Sunday AND when computers filled rooms instead of compactly on top of a desk, so yeah, we used easels and posters a lot back then. WOW! I'm really dating myself aren't I?! The lamination has actually held up well on this poster over the years compared to other posters I made back then. I just cut strips and letters out of red poster board and glued them to a yellow poster board. I did revamp my "X" and "O" markers using my Cricut machine a year or two ago. I've attached a scanned image of the "X" & "O" markers, so if you want to make a poster, you can print at least 5 sets of these markers out on card stock paper, cut them out and laminate them without having to go through the work of making them from scratch. I did add Velcro on the back side of the markers as well as on the game board so they can easily be placed or removed with each game played, but you can use good ol' masking tape like I did back in the day. If you don't want to make a game board, just use chalk and eraser.
Easy and Quick!
To play this game, I am actually going to have them sing one of the verses of the song first before asking and having them answer the question. Since we haven't sung some of these for a while, this will help them review it, hopefully they will concentrate on the song so it will reinforce it in their mind as well as help them so they can answer the question correctly. I will be reviewing the songs/verses in the order I have on the Q&A sheet.


Here are the general game rules to play. I've attached the file and questions below if you want to print them out. I have more questions than can be done in the 20 minute allotment, because I will have the full Singing and Sharing Time this week, so adjust to fit your Primary and time slot. 


HOW TO PLAY


JR: NO TEAMS
  •  Sing the song or verse to review before each question.
    •  Split the songs into verses so you can focus on each section at a time and to give more opportunities for questions.
    • Singing first will help to review the song while giving the children the opportunity to concentrate on what they are singing and to also motivate the children in singing in the hope to be chosen to have a turn to come up.
  •  Ask the question for the song/verse just sung.
  •  The child that answers the question correctly gets to come and put up a game marker.
    •  Rotate selecting a child from each class to have a turn to answer.
  •  Alternate the “X” and “O” markers with each question. 
  • Warn the children, if necessary, that if they do not participate or are not reverent, you will remove one of the game markers (start with the center one since that is the most strategic spot.)
  •  Continue singing and playing until there are three in a row.
  •  Start a new game if time permits.
JR optional ways to play with teams

Primary vs Music Leader (you)
  •  Play the game similar to the rules above; however, the Primary will be “X” and you will be “O”.
  •  If a child answers correctly, they put up their marker. If they give a wrong answer, you get to put up your marker.
  •  You do not answer any questions; just the children.
 Teachers vs Children
  •  See the SR “How to Play” rules.
SR: TEAMS
  • Divide Primary into 2 groups.
  •  Sing the song or verse to review before each question.
    •  Split the songs into verses so you can focus on each section at a time and to give more opportunities for questions.
    •  Singing first will help to review the song while giving the children the opportunity to concentrate on what they are singing and to also motivate the children in singing in the hope to be chosen to have a turn to come up.
    •  Let the teachers and children know that their teacher will be watching to see who is participating and paying attention and will be picking who gets to come up and play for their team.  If you are playing teachers against the kids, have a presidency leader help look for the children who are participating or you can just pick.
  •  After singing, select a class on each team and have the teachers select a child from their class to come up to be the game contestants to answer the questions. You should have 2 contestants.
  •  Ask the question to the song/verse just sung.
  •  The first contestant to ring the bell or buzzer and answer the question correctly gets to put up their team’s game marker on the Tic-Tac-Sing board.
    • The contestant has 5 seconds to answer the question correctly. If he/she cannot answer correctly within the 5 seconds, the other contestant gets a chance to answer correctly and put their game marker up on the board.
    •  If neither team answers correctly, no “X” or “O” gets on the board at this time. Just have any child answer the question 
    • OR
    •  Sing the song/verse again and then pick someone from the team that was singing the best to answer the question. If he/she answers correctly, that team gets to put up their game token on the board.
  •  Repeat playing the game until one team has three markers in a row.
  •  Start a new game if time permits.
  •  To help keep some semblance of reverence, let the children know that if at any time their team doesn’t sing or gets noisy; they will have one of their markers taken off of the board.
TYPES OF TEAMS FOR SR PRIMARY
  • Split the room in half
  •  Girls vs Boys
  • Children vs Teachers
GAME VARIATIONS
  • Play a life-size version by using painters tape to make a grid on the floor or use small chairs and have the child that answers correctly stand or sit in the spot. You may want to have the child hold an "X" or "O" to help visually.
  • Play the game to just review one song over and over again as you practice each phrase of the song.
  • In reviewing one song, you could take turns for each team to sing the song and if they sing it well, they get to place a marker.
  • Do a combo version with "Name that Tune". Have the pianist play a few notes and the contestant that names the song correctly gets to place their marker then sing the song.



Tic Tac Sing Program Song Review Nalani



Tic-Tac-Sing X-O-Nalani

2 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a great review idea. Thanks for sharing! I get the best ideas from your blog and I appreciate it so much (and so do my wonderful primary children!) I was wondering where I can find the 2" choose the right puzzles?

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  2. this is perfect! i will enjoy using a version of this with my kids tomorrow. thank you for sharing. :)

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