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Stump the Primary

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This is my last minute idea as I really slacked this week and didn’t come up with a lesson plan!  We’re going to play “Stump the Primary” and it’s a combination of “Name that Tune” and “Pick your Favorite Primary Song.”  This will be for Senior Primary only.  For Junior Primary, I’m just going to pull out the wiggle worm jar – it’s been a while.  Find the jar HERE if you don’t know what it is.
So I’m first going to 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 always has a slew of them!

Then each group will pick a song that they know.  They will go up and show the song to the pianist (bless her heart – this will be a tough week!).  She’ll play 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 this 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”

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    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? 😊

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    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.

    ~Camille

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