Christmas Singo Primary Singing Time Ideas

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Celebrate Christmas in singing time with this Christmas Singo Primary singing time activity!  It’s a fun, low-key game that involves lots of singing Christmas Primary songs, movement and is SUPER easy.
 
I love to offer to take the entire hour the Sunday after Christmas so the teachers don’t have to plan a lesson (Merry Christmas, right?).
Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Singo Primary singing time ideas

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This is a great way to sing TONS of Christmas Primary songs in the Children’s Songbook.

Christmas Singo Sheet Printables

Download and print up to 70 different Singo sheets.  Depending on how you play:

  • each child will need one
  • each class will need one
  • or one or two for the entire Primary

See the variations below for more details.

Download the Free Christmas Singo Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Category Title > Christmas > Christmas Singo.

 

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Print on white card stock and place in sheet protectors or laminate.
TIP: I prefer sheet protectors because they will also hold 25 green square of construction paper to use as markers.
However, using Christmas M&M’s as the markers is always a hit and the kids can eat them after you finish playing!
 
Then you also need the the calling cards:
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Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

Print on white card stock, laminate (optional) and cut out.  Place in a bowl or bag to be drawn from.

Christmas Primary Songs

The Primary songs included in this Christmas Singo activity are:

  1. The Shepherd’s Carol p. 40
  2. Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus p. 36
  3. Picture a Christmas p. 50
  4. Christmas Bells p. 54
  5. Once within a Lowly Stable p. 41
  6. When Joseph Went to Bethlehem p. 38
  7. Stars Were Gleaming p. 37
  8. The Nativity Song p. 52
  9. Who Is the Child? p. 46
  10. Away in a Manger p. 42

Christmas Symbols

Some of the items contain Christmas symbols in addition to the Christmas Primary songs.  Here are a few details on those symbols:
 
  • Star: The star was fulfillment of the promise that a new star would arise on the night of Christ’s birth.  The people of the Book of Mormon also saw the star, as well as the Wise Men that came from the East.
 
  • Candy Cane: “the candy cane is widely recognized as a reproduction of a shepherd’s staff.” (Bruce D. Porter “King of Kings”) The crook on the staff helps to bring back sheep that have strayed.  the candy cane is the symbol of Christ being our shepherd.
 
I found this fun book entitled The Legend of the Candy Cane that is fun to read (Amazon affiliate link):
  • Christmas Wreath: “The Christmas wreath originated in remembrance of the crown of thorns worn by the Savior on the cross; it may also remind us that God’s plan is “one eternal round.” (Bruce D. Porter “King of Kings”)” The wreath symbolizes eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love.  it is a circle, without beginning and without end.”
 
  • Christmas Bells: “Christmas bells can serve as heralds of his coming.” (Bruce D. Porter “KIng of Kings”)
 
  • Tree Lights: Remind us that Christ is the light of the world.
 
  • Christmas Stockings: “Even the Christmas stockings hung by the fireplace may bring to mind those who have neither shoes nor stockings, whose store of worldly goods is bare, prompting us to reach out and share with the needy at this time of year.  In the symbols and traditions of Christmas, all things bear record of him.” (Bruce D Porter “King of Kings”)
 
  • Gifts: We give and receive gifts at Christmas time in remembrance of Heavenly Father’s greatest gift of all: His son Jesus Christ.
 
  • Christmas Tree: The green color of the evergreen tree remains green all year round.  our Christmas trees represent eternal life – the greatest gift from our Savior.  The needles point heavenward, reminding us of Christ.
 
  • Santa: generosity and kindness.
 
I also came across this book entitled We Believe in Christmas that talks about the many Christmas symbols (Amazon affiliate link):

How to Play Christmas Singo in Singing Time

Distribute singo sheets or create teams (see variations below).  Draw a calling card and everyone who has that same item on their Singo sheet covers it with their marker (not all items are on each sheet).
 
The middle square is a “FREE SPACE” and everyone gets to cover that one when you begin.
 
If a song calling card is drawn, sing it!  Make sure to post the words using these flip charts.
Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts
If a symbol is drawn, briefly discuss its meaning.  
 
When someone reaches 5 in a row, they call out “SINGO!” Figure out some sort of reward such as:
  • silly hats for their teacher to wear
  • a treat
  • Christmas stickers
  • etc. 

Then optionally, go for blackout.  If you use M&M’s as your markers, the Primary can eat them once their sheet is full.

Christmas Singo Variations

There are several variations available…
 
  1. Hand a sheet to each child and everyone competes against each other (great for older children).  Have them turn around and place their sheet on their chair and kneel on the floor.  Then, when it’s time to sing, everyone turns around and stands up.
  2. Give each class a sheet and classes gather around their teacher and play against classes.  This is great for larger and/or younger Primaries.  Again, everyone can turn around to face the front when you sing.
  3. Print off one Singo sheet as large poster sizes OR use the “tiled” option in the Resource Library.  They print on 6 pages to piece them together on the board.  Use magnets as markers and have the Primary fill in the singo chart together.  Have children come draw a calling card out of the bag.  
  4. Similar to Option 3 but print off 2 posters or tiled options in the Resource Library.  Create 2 teams.

Note that if you only use 1 or 2 poster sizes, there may be calling cards that you will not be using so make sure to remove them!

These Christmas Singo cards are a great annual game to pull out at Christmas every year!

Christmas Singo Demonstration Video

Check out this demonstration video for teaching [SONG] in singing time using this lesson plan:

You can also find this Christmas Singo video on my YouTube channel.  I’d love it if you’d like and subscribe!

More Christmas Singing Time Ideas

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

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Christmas > Christmas Singo.

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49 thoughts on “Christmas Singo Primary Singing Time Ideas”

  1. I've been the primary chorister for over a year now and it's amazing ideas like this that not only get me through singing time, but make me love my calling. It's been SO good for me.
    THANK YOU for your creativity and willingness to share your ideas. It's so appreciated! Merry Christmas!

  2. This is so awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your talent and hard work and time! You are such a great example and so much help to so many of us choristers i'm sure! Can't thank you enough! Merry Christmas!

  3. Your blog has saved me as a newly-called primary chorister. Being able to use your schedule and ideas has been the biggest tender mercy. Thank you thank you thank you for taking time to post all that you do and to make it shareable!!

  4. Camille, this is my 5th "tour of duty" as Primary chorister. I am also 60 years old. I am grateful for your blog as i still love the kids but don't want to think up new ideas every week. Why reinvent the wheel? so, thank you, thank you! All I do is buy new color cartridges!!

  5. This is my second week as Primary Chorister…I was terrified when I got this calling! Thank you for this amazing resource for those of us (ME) that are not quite as creative and don't want to reinvent the wheel!!

  6. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas. I used the Singo game today and didn't notice until the kids pulled the cards, but there are pictures in the calling cards that are not on the game board 1. I printed it to use as a whole primary. Just thought I'd mention to others who might use one game board for the whole group that there are some symbols that you might not need!

  7. Hi Melanie,

    I don't have them in Word – I created them in a different software. Sorry I'm not more help! You could probably download each PDF, export it as a JPEG file then open a word document and insert the JPEG file. Sorry I'm not more help.

    ~Camille

  8. For singing time I wanted to do something where we decorated a Christmas tree, and through that process talk about the symbols of Christmas. But, I couldn't quite get it to all come together. I came across your Christmas Singo and it is a perfect way to tie it all in together! As a reward for getting a "singo" I will let the child put an ornament on our Christmas tree (which will coincide with the symbols). Thank you for another great idea and resource, Camille! You are my got to girl! 🙂

  9. Is there a file with just the nativity pictures you used? I thought it would be nice to be able to make bigger pictures of the nativity and I could put it together on the chalkboard as they were drawn… Make sense? I would copy them into my program but some of the wording is over the picture…
    Thanks for all the great ideas! I love them.

    Amy

  10. Hi Amy,

    I made these a few years ago with a simple scrapbooking software. Now I create everything in Photoshop. But I LOVE your idea of doing one for Pioneer Day! I'm going to file that idea away and make one in July! Thanks for the tip!!

    ~Camille

  11. I did this yesterday and the kids loved it. Thank you so much for being so generous with your wonderful ideas! This is my 3rd time serving as chorister (after a 7 year break) and your site has helped me get back in the swing of things. Have a wonderful Christmas!

  12. This has nothing to do with Singo but this is the post I’m reading today so I thought I would just comment on here. I did it. I bought bells and took them to primary and….it was a huge hit! Thank you for your detailed posts and all the material you post here. It gives me the courage to try new things!

  13. It is very generous of you to let us use this! I'm using it to teach my class in China about the Christian holiday of Christmas- Our unit is about religious festivals! (Also going to use it in Primary)
    🙂
    I've made a Bingo before and it is SOOOO TIME CONSUMING! Sure glad this one is done! THANKS SO MUCH.
    Catherine

  14. Hi ChinaCat!

    That warms my heart that these are being used in China! These ARE a lot of work to create so I'm happy to be able to share what I've made! And what a great way to share a little bit of the gospel :). Thank you for commenting!!

    ~Camille

  15. WOW! I love this idea!!!! I’d love more variations if possible!! I’m going to print these and deliver them to our kids before singing time on the 13th, since we are doing singing time on zoom! We have 70 kiddos, so ideally they aren’t all getting bingo at the same time!

    1. Hi Nicole!

      I didn’t create these in Word or a shareable format. However, if you open these in Adobe Reader or Preview (on Mac), you can insert a white square to cover the text. Then add a text box and insert your songs. I hope that helps.

      ~Camille

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