Thanksgiving Rounds!

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The Primary songs For Thy Bounteous Blessings and For Health and Strength are short songs can be sung in a round, are all about giving thanks and are even on the same page in the Children’s Songbook!  You Primary will really enjoy singing both these Thanksgiving rounds in singing time!

Children enjoy the challenge of singing their part while hearing all the various parts of the rounds.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Thanksgiving Rounds For Health and Strength and For Thy Bounteous Blessings Primary Singing Time Ideas

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For Health and Strength Singing Time Idea

You need a flip chart for the song For Health and Strength. This simple flip chart was shared on the Primary Music Leader’s FB group. 

Camille's Primary Ideas: For Health and Strength Primary singing time ideas

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

During singing time, place the flip chart on the board in a circle, symbolizing rounds. Then divide the Primary into 4 groups and each sings their part.  As you sing, ask the questions about the song:

  • For what are we thanking or praising the Lord? [Health and strength, daily food]

Switch up which groups start first, second, third and fourth.  Assign a  “group leader” for each part.  That could be a presidency member, teacher or even an older Primary child who has a strong voice and can help the others keep their part.

For younger Primary, keep groups to only 2.

When each group sings the word “health” at the beginning, they stand up and remain standing until they sing “Lord” at the end.  This helps visualize which group is starting and which group is ending.

For Thy Bounteous Blessings Singing Time Idea

You need a flip chart for the song, For Thy Bounteous Blessings.  

Camille's Primary Ideas: For Thy Bounteous Blessings Primary singing time ideas

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

During singing time, also place this flip chart on the board in a circle, symbolizing rounds. Then divide the Primary into 4 groups and each sings their part.  As you sing, ask the questions about the song:

  • Name 3 things for which we give thanks. [bounteous blessings, wondrous word, loving kindness]
  • What words in this song tell us that this is a prayer song? [We give thanks, O Lord.]

Again, switch up which groups start first, second, third and fourth.  Assign a  “group leader” for each part.  A teacher or even an older Primary child who has a strong voice and can help the others keep their part.

For younger Primary, keep groups to only 2.

Tips for Teaching Rounds

Sharla Dance suggests:

Have the children sing all together and warn them not to get pulled off while I sing something different.
 
Then switch and they come in second against me (with another adult leading them). It gives them a success without being overwhelmed.
 
Next, choose two children to sing with me against everyone else, giving the whole group a chance to experience the feel of a round and the difficulty of staying with one part.

Whisper Phones for Teaching Rounds

Optionally, pass out reading whisper phones so children can listen to themselves sing with the spirit.

I purchased these Reading Whisper phones for my Primary (Amazon affiliate link):

Or create homemade phones using small pieces of PVC pipe and fittings.

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Child's Prayer Singing Time Ideas

Whisper phones allow the children to hear their own voice.  This comes in handy when they are singing different parts.

More Thanksgiving Singing Time Ideas

Make sure to check out more Thanksgiving Primary singing time ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Thanksgiving Primary Singing Time Ideas

Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > For Health and Strength and For Thy Bounteous Blessings.

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6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Rounds!”

    1. Hi Mandy!

      Thank you for letting me know! I have searched my files and my computer and cannot, for the life of me, figure out what flip chart I am referring to here. Maybe it goes to Sugardoodle and the old links no longer work. But I’m totally baffled. Usually I can at least find them in my files. I found one on the Primary Music Leader’s FB group that should suffice for now. I’m going to keep looking or create a new one and update the post when I do. Weird!

      ~Camille

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