Basket Review Toss

Camille's Primary Ideas: Bean Bags singing time lesson plan review activity
I’m reviewing our January – April program songs this week.  It’s been a while since I’ve done a fun game, I just hope things don’t get out of hand.
I would like to somehow have the activity be where they sing as they throw but with some sort of an incentive to being able to throw…like knowing the next word in the song, or the group that sings the best gets to toss, etc.  Any thoughts?  I just want to be able to sing as much as possible so throwing while singing would be ideal.  Otherwise I’m going to play as I’ve outlined below:
  • 2 small laundry baskets
  • 30 or so bean bags in 3 different colors 
  • masking tape
  • marker
Before Primary set up laundry baskets at the front of the room.  Make a wide aisle down the middle of the room between the chairs.  With the masking tape and marker, mark a “1 point” line, “5 point” line and  “10 point line” with the lines getting further away from the basket toward the back of the room.
For Sr. Primary, divide Primary into 2 groups.  For Jr. Primary, groups aren’t really necessary.
Before you start, explain that you are the referee (I may bring a stop sign I made on a popsicle stick).  During the activity, if children don’t sing, get rowdy, etc., that round immediately stops (and for Sr. Primary, a point will be taken away).  Then explain that only children who sing well will be picked for the next round (teachers will determine the best singers).
To start, pick 2 reverent children (from each group in Sr.) to come toss bean bags into the baskets while the Primary sings a review song.  They can pick any point line they want.  Once the song/verse is completed, count the bean bags made into the basket, pick best singers to be tossers, and sing your next song/verse until time is up. 
The team with the most points, wins.  And for Jr. we won’t keep track.

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2 thoughts on “Basket Review Toss”

  1. I'm curious if this activity turned out. Did they sing if someone was throwing during the song? Where the point lines helpful, or did it just make it confusing for how many they scored? I'd love an update and see if it worked.

  2. Hi Johnson Family!

    It's been a while since I did this so I don't remember much. I think the review activity was just okay. Nothing stellar, it worked, but wasn't one of my favorite.

    If I could change it, I'd let them toss a certain number of bean bags in between the singing, and maybe letting them earn a certain number of bean bags at each point line by how well they sang.

    Anyway, I feel like I'm not much help!


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