Our Junior primary has been struggling with reverence in primary! So this week during singing time, I’m implementing Reverence Eggs to help maintain reverence!
I told the Sunbeams that if they could keep their eggs warm, under their pockets and “hatch” their egg, I would give them a surprise after singing time. But if the presidency or their teachers saw their eggs, we’d have to take it. As a surprise I had a bunch of random stickers that I use for nursery.
It worked like a charm with those Sunbeams! I have NEVER seen them sit like they did and so reverently!
However, the rest of the Junior primary was really upset they didn’t get an egg (mostly my 5-year old daughter – grrr – why is it that my own kids are the worst?) so after primary was over, I gave everyone a sticker on their way out the door and told them that next week everyone would have an egg to sit on.
My idea came from OCD Chorister’s post. I wanted each child to have their own favorite colored egg, be able to write their name on it, and just cut around squares because I’m lazy like that:
There are 2 of the same colors per page and I printed as many of the colors that I needed. I also printed mine on white card stock, wrote their name with a sharpie marker at the bottom and laminated.
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I also created a few blank ones for visitors. You could omit writing their names on each egg but I wanted names so we can assign seats if need be! Before they come into primary, we will quickly place certain children in certain chairs (not next to chatty neighbors, next to their teacher) as needed.
Then we will remind the kids that they need to keep their egg warm. If the presidency or teachers see their eggs, they will take them (we will probably follow the 3-strikes you’re out rule but we’ll see). Those who still have their eggs at the end of primary will be able to “hatch” their egg and get an animal surprise.
I will be very serious about obeying this and will not be afraid to take eggs. They’ve got to know that I mean what I say.
And since I didn’t want to be constantly giving away stickers (it can get costly with needing 30 every week), our primary now owns these great animal stamps from Amazon:
And a whole bunch of individual colored ink pads:
Every Sunday I’ll just pick an animal and a color and everyone will get the same thing – the surprise will be which animal and which color – how’s that for exciting?! Some of you may feel that we shouldn’t be stamping kids’ hands at church (I personally don’t have a problem with it – obviously!) so if you don’t want to do stamps, other surprises could include stickers or treats (like Sweedish Fish, animal crackers, goldfish, gummy worms/bears, etc.).
I’ll be storing everything in a basket and keeping it in the primary closet – no way am I toting this to and from church every week!
I really think this will be a great way to positively reinforce reverence with our Junior primary.
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