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Pioneer Walk

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For Pioneer Day weekend, I’m planning a “Pioneer Walk” which will run very similar to a cake walk. Any of the songs in the songbook about pioneers will work for this activity.

Take the 26 footsteps made for my lesson plan HERE and number them 1 – 26 with a marker (if you have more children in primary you may want to make more).
You can download these footsteps at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are at the bottom of this post.
Make caller cards numbered 1-26 (or up to how many footsteps you use). I made these below on card stock and cut them out (pictured above). Feel free to copy and paste them to make your own if it will work! Then I put them in a bag.

Post the words to the songs you sing like I do HERE and/or play the songs on CD/phone.  These songs will most likely be unfamiliar (which is great!) but unless you want to be up singing a solo, I’d recommend posting words and using the songs on CD.  If all the kids do is listen to the songs, I’d still call it a success but encourage everyone to try and sing along.

Here’s what we’ll be singing:

  • Pioneer Children Sang as they Walked p. 214
  • Little Pioneer Children p. 216
  • To Be a Pioneer p. 218
  • The Oxcart p. 219
  • The Handcart Song p. 220
  • Covered Wagons p. 221

Place the footsteps randomly around the room in a large circle with the numbers facing up.  Have all the kids go stand on a footstep. Play your song(s) and randomly stop.  Call out a number and the child standing on that number gets a piece of “pioneer” candy.

I opted for salt water taffy but anything will work!  Put your calling number back into the bag and repeat until all the kids have had a piece of candy and your song has been sung SEVERAL times!

If the kids think they did a lot of walking, tell them the pioneer children walked thousands of miles to get to the Salt Lake Valley!
Make sure to scroll through all of my Pioneer Day singing time lesson plan activities HERE.
Pioneer Day Singing Time Wagon Wheel of Fortune

All my printables are free and can be downloaded from my Resource Library.  Access to my Resource Library is sent to you via email and not linked here.  If you need initial access to my Resource Library or need access sent to you again, click on the button below, fill out your information then check your email.  Instructions for accessing each printable on my Resource Library are below the button.  Check out my email tutorial HERE for more help.

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Pioneer Day > Pioneer Walk.

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3 thoughts on “Pioneer Walk”

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    Thanks for posting this, Camille. We did something very similar to this last year and the kids LOVED it. I appreciate you sharing the footsteps and caller cards you made!

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    I had something else planned, but yours sounds more fun! I think I'll try yours!
    One question- are you going to do anything to make sure every child gets candy? Or just luck of the draw, if they get some, they get some?

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