Friday, May 31, 2013

Learning "When I Am Baptized" ... and preparing for Father's Day

This is at least the third year in a row that my primary children have learned or reviewed "When I Am Baptized" for the primary program, AND for many it is their favorite so this is a song they know and love.

I will re-teach this song to the Junior Primary to give the Sunbeams a chance to learn the song as well. Most of Junior Primary knows this song though, so I will spend a lot of time working Father's Day songs - just reviewing the songs with the actions, mostly.

Senior Primary

In Senior Primary, I will ask the children what a rainbow represents, then have them look up the scripture referenced with the song, but otherwise, I am not going to spend any time teaching it to Senior Primary because they know the lyrics very, very well.

Senior Primary needs a quick review of the second Father's Day song we are going to sing so I'll bring out my bells and have them sing and play "Dearest Names" and "Love is Spoken Here."

Junior Primary

Last year, I had the class help me make actions for the song. This is one of their all-time favorite activities so if you haven't tried this, I highly, highly recommend recommend this method. However, I don't want to do that every single time, especially when I already did this last year for the same song.

This year, I am making rainbow sticks for Junior Primary.

Bulgaria perform during the Group All-Around Rhythmic Gymnastics Final
My rainbow sticks were inspired by the London 2012 Olympics ribbon twirling competition, and I've been waiting to use them in June. However,  as I went to find this picture on the left, I realized that there are a LOT of ribbon wands on the Internet that people have invented and re-invented for weddings, birthday parties, and all sorts of fun events. I think this is a popular choice for many primary choristers, too. Therefore, you might want to look around for other ideas on how to make the wands and how to use them with the song. My version is a fast, simple, and cheap version. I have seen some fancier versions since I made mine. I looked into screwing a hook into a dowel but the dowel was too slim, and I was worried it would split the wood, but I have since seen others succeed at this. I didn't check to see what they did ... Here's my version, including a couple of tricks to be efficient and simple:


These are some of the actions I am going to teach, which are repeated throughout the song:





Sunday, May 26, 2013

Busy Week? Children a little hyper from vacation? Wing it.

This was one of those simple Sundays where I didn't plan much. I knew it was a holiday weekend so I didn't want to teach a new song when half the class could miss the crucial initial lesson. However, Junior Primary was a little behind on the Father's Day song so I did want to perfect that piece with them.

So, I did a little bit of carefully planned non-planning, which means I grabbed a few activities I have done in the past and let the mood of the class help me decide what I was going to do in Junior Primary and Senior Primary. The classes were great, today!

Junior Primary wanted to make up actions for "Love is Spoken Here," so I abandoned my back-up plans and let them help me make up actions for the whole song. It worked like a charm and everyone was happy.

In Senior Primary, I played "helmet hero" which I have planned for a back-up activity probably three times now, but never really played.

Senior Primary was a bit rowdy, so I ended by having the children sing "Reverently, Quietly" before I had the teacher come teach her lesson.

So what's the point of today's post?

1. You don't always have to have an elaborate activity planned but don't come unprepared either. Keep a few back-up activities in your "back pocket."

2. Don't be afraid to abandon your plans and do something different than you have planned. I've done this numerous times and they have been some of my singing time lessons. I don't think anyone realizes I've changed my plans, either :)

3. I think it's okay for the children to get a little excited once in a while but if the children get a little too rowdy, invite the spirit back in with a reverent song, before turning the time over to the teacher. This has always worked for me, and the teachers always thank me for doing this.

I've been wanting to put together a post of my best "back pocket" singing time activities and the children's favorite singing time classes, ever. I would love your help. I have a lot of readers, but very few actually comment. I would love, love, love it if you would comment this time and share with my your most successful singing time activities or a favorite activity, so that I can compile a Top 10 or Top 20 post. 

Up next: I'm working on a new way to teach "I like to look for rainbows" for Junior Primary. If I finish making the props tonight, I'll post early this week ... (FYI for new choristers: Most of the primary learned this song last year so your focus is a refresher for everyone, and a way to help the youngest primary children learn this song.)



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Teaching "Love is Spoken Here" for Father's Day

I am going to start teaching one of the Father's Day songs this Sunday, before returning to the regularly scheduled program songs since I'm more stressed about a program in June than one in October! Fortunately, the June song will be quick and easy to teach since it is an easy song, and more importantly, the primary children learned this song (When I Am Baptized) last year ... and the year before ... for the program .

I am excited to have the children sing one of my personal favorites, "Love is Spoken Here," for Father's Day.

This song is beloved by many, but often avoided because it is trickier than it seems: it has voices come in a beat before the notes in at least one spot, and it's hard to lead when the boys and girls are singing different lines at the same time. I will just make sure the children know the lyrics though, then I plan to have someone in the ward lead the boys part of this song while I lead the girls part. Problem solved! I specifically want the other person leading the boy's part to be a man in the ward because I think it will be fun for the boys to look to a man they admire to lead them in their part.

I debated about how I wanted to teach this song since it is such a beloved song that many of the children know it, just from their parents. I found this lesson plan on LDS.org and LOVE it!

You will need:

1. Heart drawings to supplement the lesson. I drew the heart pics below that you are welcome to use! Just right-click to save to your desktop and then print. Or, send me your email address if you want me to email these images directly to you.
2. Chalk to draw a house on the board.





P.S. Although these visuals were specifically meant to supplement the below lesson, I also intentionally drew them to match a poster I made for this song previously, which I guess I never shared. I can't find a post about it. So, I"ll post those pics later, but they were the "real" art from which these doodles are made. Therefore if the drawing looks vaguely familiar to you, there's a reason for that ...


From the February 2004 Friend:


5. Song Presentation: Draw a simple outline of a house on the board (large enough to fit the six pictures—from the GAK or the Church magazines—used in the second part of the presentation below). Pass out some paper hearts to the children. Tell the children that love can be spoken in their homes. As the pianist plays the melody to the first verse of “Love Is Spoken Here” (p. 190–91), have the children pass the hearts around and be thinking of some kind words they say in their homes. When the music stops, have those who are holding hearts share their responses. Write their responses on the board inside the house. Fill the house with “spoken words” until both verses of the song have been played through once.

Tell the children there are other ways that love is spoken in our homes. Place the pictures on the board around the outside of the house in random order. 

Pictures: 

Verse 1—family prayer, paper with word “whispers,” heart paper, and the Savior. 

Verse 2—father blessing a sick child, parents teaching in family home evening, heart paper, and Jesus Christ (all heart papers should be the size of the pictures, with a red heart in the center of each).

Verse 1: 

Have the children listen as you sing the first line of the verse. Ask them to repeat it for you. 

As you sing the second line, have them listen for something that tells them there is love in our home (mother praying). Ask for a response, and then have them repeat that line. 

Sing the two lines together. 

Have the children listen for which word you sing on the highest note as you sing the last two lines of the verse.  Ask for a response (“plea”). Tell them that a plea is a prayer. Have the children repeat those two lines for you. 

Have the children listen to how you sing the last line of the song (softly and gently). Ask them to repeat and sing the same way.

Verse 2: 

As you sing the first two lines, have the children listen for what my home is blessed with (priesthood power). Ask for responses. Have them repeat that line.

As you finish the verse, have them listen for what is crystal clear (the things our parents teach). Ask for responses and have them repeat the line. 

Sing the last line, and have them repeat it, singing softly. 

Review the second verse.

Remind the children that you have just sung about other ways that we can know that love is spoken in our homes. Choose someone who thinks he or she will be able to put the pictures in order inside our home while you sing the whole song. 

You may need to sing it a second time, having the girls sing the first verse and the boys sing the second, to give the child an opportunity to put the pictures in order. 

Bear testimony that we can feel our Savior near when love is spoken and expressed in our homes. 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Song Review -- Prophet Bingo

**Update 5/16/13 - This was a great activity. The kids were engaged and it was an easy activity. Junior and Senior both barely won "Bingo" as a class by the end of our time. (I *might* have gone through the cards towards the end of Junior primary and tried to put a few of the potential Bingo pieces toward the top to up their chance of "Bingo."  I "might" have had the cards fanned out for them to select but in a way that a few were sticking out a tiny bit further than the others. :p Senior Primary just lucked out.)

Prophets Bingo is the perfect song review game to support this month's theme, "Prophets Teach Us to Live the Restored Gospel."




Also, you can teach this as a singing time activity, or you can easily coordinate with whomever is teaching for the day and combine the singing time lesson and sharing time lesson, which the church encourages anyway.


Set up: Put pictures of prophets on the board in a random order, in a grid pattern, 4 x 4, making 16 pictures total. Make a matching deck of cards by printing up a smaller version of the prophets picture.

How to play: The class takes turn drawing cards from a deck, and looking for the corresponding picture on the board. Which they will then highlight. I am going to put these on a chalkboard so they can actually just use chalk and draw a circle around the piece. Each time a child draws a prophet from the deck, they will also find a song associated with that card. We will then sing whatever song is attached to that card. To combine with the teacher, or even if you have enough time, place a quote from the prophet on the back of the card as well, or briefly share one fact or one ask question about the prophet that is selected from the deck. Or, you could even have the quotes or stories listed on a separate board and have the teacher talk about them with the children, as they are selected. In Senior Primary, consider having the children look up scriptures for each Bingo piece.

Object of the game: To form a consecutive line of prophets. This is not a competition between sides of the class - the entire class as a group is encouraged to work together to form a consecutive line (a Bingo!) before class ends. I don't think you'd have time to form a Bingo if you tried to make the classes compete but I think it's more fun when they work in unison anyway.


Where to get prophet images:

Sorry, I didn't make these into a doc this time but it's really easy to just go to the LDS.org image library, and download the images to your computer to print. 


You can find images of ancient prophets by looking at the books for each category:
http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/categories/gospel-art

You can find images of latter-day prophets in the same area but here's a specific link:
http://www.lds.org/media-library/images/gospel-art/latter-day-prophets?lang=eng

Just download everything into one folder, then print it all out, regular size (one image per sheet). Then, hit print again, but this time, choose to put more pics on a page ("wallet," circled below), to get the smaller size for your corresponding set of cards. Your printer might have a slightly different dialog box but it will be the same general idea:





Quotes for prophets: These are the prophets that I will be highlighting (there are more than 16 here so I am still narrowing down), with some corresponding quotes/facts. I may or may not add more details, as I find time to do additional research. Also, I'll see what the teacher wants to do for the facts portion.

Prophet
Song
Scripture
Question / Other
Lehi
Nephi’s  Courage, verse 2
1 Nephi 1:1  1 I, Nephi, having been aborn of bgoodly cparents, therefore I wasdtaught somewhat in all the learning of my father; 

1Nephi:1:5 "Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people."
Can anyone tell me how the first verse of the Book of Mormon starts? Who is that describing?

Lehi and Sariah were a good father and good mother. They were good examples.

Lehi prayed always.


Samuel the Lamanite
Samuel Tells the Story of Baby Jesus
Helaman 13:3 But behold, the voice of the Lord came unto him, that he should return again, and prophesy unto the people whatsoever things should come into his heart.
Samuel showed faith in the Lord when he stood on the wall and preached, knowing that if not for the Lord’s protection, he could be hurt by the angry crowd.
Moses
If the Savior Stood Beside Me
Exodus 3:15
 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Noah
When I Am Baptized
Genesis 9: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

Genesis 7:1  1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

The Lord made a promise after Noah and his family left the boat,  that he would never flood the earth again.

Noah showed obedience by trusting the Lord and building a boat.
Jonah
I am a Child of God
Jonah 2:1  1 Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish’s belly
Jonah disobeyed the Lord initially when he was scared, but he showed his faith and prayed.
Alma
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)
In the Book of Mormon we read about 2,000 exemplary young men who were exceedingly valiant, courageous, and strong. “Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before him” (Alma 53:21). These faithful young men paid tribute to their mothers. They said, “Our mothers knew it” (Alma 56:48). I would suspect that the mothers of Captain Moroni, Mosiah, Mormon, and other great leaders also knew.
(Mother’s Day –focused quote.)
Nephi
Nephi’s Courage, vs.1
1 Nephi 3:7 … I will go and do the things which the lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandment s unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way ofr them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them.

Joseph Smith, Jr.
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith

“Baptism is a sign to God, to angels, and to heaven that we do the will of God, and there is no other way beneath the heavens whereby God hath ordained for man to come to Him to be saved, and enter into the kingdom of God, except faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and any other course is in vain; then you have the promise of the gift of the Holy Ghost.”
History of the Church, 4:553–557. ) 

“We came to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure before God in the celestial kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having a body. The devil has no body, and herein is his punishment. He is pleased when he can obtain the tabernacle of man. . . . All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 181.) 


Joseph Smith Jr., Served 1830–1844
QUOTES

“Surely I have contemplated the things of God.”
( History of the Church 5:554 ) 
“Great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us, if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater spiritual blessings than they [the faithful at the time of Christ] were, because they had Christ in person with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of greater faith.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 90.) 
“When you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.”
( Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 151.) 

Ezra Taft  Benson
I am a Child of God
“The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon for the many reasons which the Lord has given. In this age of electronic media and mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.”
( “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon, ” Ensign, November 1988, 4–5.) 

“The great task of life is to learn the will of the Lord and then do it.”
( “The Great Commandment-Love the Lord, ” Ensign, May 1988, 4.) 

“I have a vision of the whole Church getting nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon.”
Conference Report, Oct. 1988, 5.) 

Brigham Young
My Heavenly Father Loves Me, vs.2

“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.
Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 135.) 

“How shall we know that we obey [God]? There is but one method by which we can know it, and that is by the inspiration of the Spirit of the Lord witnessing unto our spirit that we are His, that we love Him, and that He loves us. It is by the spirit of revelation we know this.
Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 224.) 

Howard W. Hunter
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)
Quotes:

“You should express regularly to your wife and children your reverence and respect for her. Indeed, one of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
( “Being a Righteous Husband and Father, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 50.) 

“Let us be a temple-attending people. Attend the temple as frequently as personal circumstances allow. Keep a picture of a temple in your home that your children may see it. Teach them about the purposes of the House of the Lord. Have them plan from their earliest years to go there and to remain worthy of that blessing.”
( “Exceeding Great and Precious Promises, ” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 8.) 

Daniel
Follow the Prophet - Daniel
Daniel 6:26-27

 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

Daniel refused to worship the king as a god and was always true to God, praying to his true God. In turn he was blessed for his faith and protected from a den of lions.
Adam
My Heavenly Father Loves Me, vs.1
Luke 1:70 - Zacharias prophesizes: "As he aspake by the mouth of his holy bprophets, which have been since the world began."

Moses 5: 10-11
 10 And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, and began to prophesy concerning all the families of the earth, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have enjoy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.
 11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had a seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.


Moroni
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)


Abraham
I am a Child of God


Abinadi
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)


President Hinckley
No song (because we don’t want to sing every song we turn over)
http://tinyurl.com/hinckleyquote

“Under the plan of heaven, the husband and the wife walk side by side as companions, neither one ahead of the other, but a daughter of God and a son of God walking side by side. Let your families be families of love and peace and happiness. Gather your children around you and have your family home evenings, teach your children the ways of the Lord, read to them from the scriptures, and let them come to know the great truths of the eternal gospel as set forth in these words of the Almighty.”
“Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.) 

“Believe in Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Redeemer, the Son of God, who came to earth and walked the dusty roads of Palestine-the Son of God-to teach us the way of truth and light and salvation, and who, in one great and glorious act offered an atonement for each of us. He opened the way of salvation and exaltation for each of us, under which we may go forward in the Church and kingdom of God. Be not faithless, but believe in the great and wonderful and marvelous blessings of the Atonement.”
“Selections from Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Mar. 2001, 64.) 


President Monson
Give Said the Little Stream (one of his favorite songs)
Danny and I learned several difficult but important lessons that day—not the least of which was the importance of obedience. … Obedience is a hallmark of prophets; it has provided strength and knowledge to them throughout the ages. It is essential for us to realize that we, as well, are entitled to this source of strength and knowledge. It is readily available to each of us today as we obey God’s commandments. … The knowledge which we seek, the answers for which we yearn, and the strength which we desire today to meet the challenges of a complex and changing world can be ours when we willingly obey the Lord’s commandments
-- President Monson, “Obedience Brings Blessings,” April 2013 General Conference






Inspiration for this activity: A year ago, a friend of mine (Vikki) cleaned out a bunch of activity books that she used to inspire her for various callings she has had over the years, working with children and youth. I took a couple of these books but never used them. There are just so many fun things to do every Sunday! However, I felt inspired to peruse the books recently and found one I wanted to incorporate into a Singing Time activity this Sunday because it fit so well with this month's Prophets theme.

The activity book is from 1994 and is both out of print and updated, but the general idea is good. It is called the "Articles of Faith Idea and Activity Book Vol.2," by Karen Finch. The book included hand drawings of sixteen prophets, with a matching deck of smaller cards, for Bingo. I elaborated on the idea and updated it with new images of prophets that we have now that were called after 1994, but I thank Karen for the lovely starting point of making a Bingo board with prophets!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Mother's Day Song Review

Last chance to practice for Mother's Day next week!

We have been learning two songs: "I Think the World is Glorious" and "Mother Dear." We have not had much time to learn these songs so the children know them, but not confidently and well. You can apply this activity to your Mother' Day songs that you need to review, but of course, I've tailored my lesson to these two songs.

Junior Primary

Learning "Mother Dear" (Practicing Lyrics)
In Junior Primary, we actually need to finish re-learning "Mother Dear" so I'm going to put all the fun pictures on the wall (deliberately big, bright colors), and just have the children take the pictures down one by one to learn the lines just as I have taught this song in the past, but skipping any extras I had added on before.


Update after church: The Junior Primary LOVED "Shy Samuel." I have a CTR 4 that struggles with primary in general, and even he was entranced. The children sang loudly and with enthusiasm when I introduced Shy Samuel. (In this pic, my arm is going through the bottom of the box into the puppet.)


Pop up Puppet (Practicing Volume)
If we have any time left, I'll have the Junior Primary practice each song for volume. I'll tell them I have a shy friend who wants to hear us sing but he'll only come out if we're nice and loud. And then I'll have head start to poke up out of a box until his whole body is out if they sing loud enough. I can even wave his arms around and make him dance for joy :) I saw a primary chorister in my ward do this years ago.

For mine, I found a puppet (one I owned already), then a box that it fit inside. I then wrapped the box so it had a nice home. I am going to introduce him as Shy Samuel. Shy Samuel is very ... well, shy! But ... he loves music, and the louder you sing, the more he wants to come out and hear all of your beautiful voices. If you sing loud enough, he might even come out and dance. (As the primary sings, he'll slowly start to come out of the box and begin dancing. If the children don't sing loudly enough, then he'll just stay in his box.)

Echo Chamber (More on Lyrics)
If we still have some time left, I will have them sing in Echo Chamber style, which is that I divide the class into four sections. I sing a line, then each corner takes turns echoing the line back to me. The repetition helps ingrain the song in their head.

Senior Primary

Echo Chamber (Lyrics)
We're going to start with Echo Chamber as above. I will tell them to listen carefully and pay attention to the words because they are going to need it for Tic Tac Toe!

Tic Tac Toe (Lyrics)
Senior Primary has had time to learn and re-learn both songs, but they are a little bit fuzzy on the "Mother Dear" song because they had about five minutes to-relearn it. 


For them, I will play Singing Time Tic Tac Toe, which is what I consider to be a traditional Singing Time Song Review Game for all the songs, but I am modifying to be for just the two Mother's Day songs that we will be singing next week. So, rather than having them identify the name of the song for which the line is from, or answer trivia questions about the song, I'm going to have them identify the next line of the song.

Basically, it goes like this:

Choose a reverent child or choose a child from the name jar, making sure they are from the correct side of the room because you are playing one side of the room against the other. They get to choose where they want to put a circle or a square. There is a line of a song behind each square. They can ask kids in their class only - no other kids on their side of the room - and then they have to tell me correctly the next line of the song. But they only have 15 seconds to answer. If they are right, they get to put their circle or x in the square. If they are wrong, the other side gets a chance to "steal" that space. 

Or, have them play against you! If the person in the class can't answer the question correctly in 30 seconds, you get to put up an X against their Os. I like this version because then we could sing the song in between turns, and even if I win the first time, they should eventually catch up and win, too!

My questions:

In the first line of the song, fill in the blank, "Mother Dear, I love you so, your (happy, smiling face) is such a joy to look at,"

In the first line of the song, finish the sentence, "Mother Dear, I love you so, your happy, smiling face, is such a joy to look at; it (makes homes a lovely place).

What is the second line of the song, "Mother Dear." Hint, it starts: "Mother Dear, I love you so. Your (lovely, shining eyes)" and make a comparison to stars.

In the second line of the song, "Mother Dear," complete the sentence, "Mother Dear, I love you so. Your lovely shining eyes, are just (like stars that twinkle. way up in the bright blue skies).

In the third line of the song, "Mother Dear," complete this sentence, "Mother Dear, I love you so. I'll try the whole day through (To please our Heav'nly Father. I'm so glad he gave me you.")

In "I think the World is Glorious," the second verse of the song only has one line different from the first verse of the song. Fill in the sentence that is different, "For I have t(eachers kind and true and parents who love me."

etc. ...

If There is Any Time Remaining in Senior ...

Helmet Hero
I will bring out Helmet Hero, which I have planned as a back-up activity several times and still not done in quite some time. This is one of my most popular activities so if you don't want to do Tic Tac Toe, do Helmet Hero. My most stubborn boys will play this game!

Balloon (Volume)
I'll have a teacher blow up a balloon while they are singing. Then, we'll let it go and watch it zip around the room, maybe with a goal to hit something ... or something ... okay still trying to think of a fun Volume game for Senior that I haven't already done, that takes 10 seconds to prepare :)