Stump the Primary

Stump the Primary with this simple, zero to little prep singing time idea!  Your primary will LOVE this last minute idea!
Stump the Primary is a combination of “Name that Tune” and “Pick your Favorite Primary Song.”  This will be for Senior Primary only.  For Junior Primary, I’m simply pulling out the wiggle worm jar – it’s been a while.  Find the jar HERE if you don’t know what it is.

To Play Stump the Primary:

Divide the primary into 5 groups of 4 (assuming there’s about 20 kids).  They will each get a little handheld songbook:
If you don’t have a few copies of these little books, you can beg/steal/borrow neighbors’ books or our library may have copies you can borrow.
Each group will pick a song that they know.  One group at a time will show the song to the pianist (this might be a tough week for the pianist but playing the top hand works great!).  The pianist plays it through and the rest of the primary will flip through their books to see if they can find it.
Once the song is eventually guessed (maybe with some hints from me – ha!), we’ll sing the song using our books.  The more random and unknown the songs are, the better!!

UPDATE:  Senior primary LOVED Stump the Primary and didn’t want to stop!  We sang some songs that even I’M unfamiliar with and that’s saying something!


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3 thoughts on “Stump the Primary”

  1. Hi Camille, just curious if you think (in your experience and wisdom) this game would work with Junior primary if the teachers helped the littlest (non-readers)? Or would it be pure chaos? 😊

  2. Hi angerine,

    I've never attempted it in Jr. primary. From my experience, when you give the little kids the opportunity to "drive the train" so to speak, they don't go in the direction you want. When I do Stump the Primary with the Sr. kids, I usually just pull out my Nursery bag with Jr. and they love it.

    Now, if you have a combined primary, I think that would be a different story. I'd pair a Sr. with a Jr. and they could easily share a book. I think that would work great because you have the big kids guiding the little ones.

    Anyway, if you still decide to do this with Jr. primary, I'd love to hear if it was a success or not.


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