I’m pulling out my annual Primary Flash cards that I’ve done every year around this time. I’ve just updated all the information to be 2018! It’s been a lot of fun both Senior and (a simplified version) for Junior. This activity will take at least 2 weeks OR would be a fabulous 5th Sunday if you happen to have the whole time. There’s also a variation I’ve listed below that omits cards so it can be completed in one 20-minute singing time.
Here’s how to use the flashcards in primary:
For Senior, divide the primary into 2 teams. If you have a large primary, divide into more. Give each team a bell (I just use 2 of my handbells but any bells will do). Shuffle the cards, draw the first one and face it to the teams. The first team to ring their bell with the correct answer wins that card. If the answer is incorrect, the next team to ring the bell gets to answer and possibly win, etc.
For Junior, there will be no teams and no bells. I’ll give as many hints as possible and we’ll try to solve the card together. I will call on good singers to come speak the cards into the microphone (with help if need be). When the song cards are called, we sing the song.
Here’s the activity you do with each card:
Monthly Theme Cards: Fill in the correct missing words (I plan on keeping my 2018 outline handy as all the answers are easily found there!). No singing with these cards.
Monthly Song Cards: They are the Mad Gab/Mumbles cards. The kids will have to figure out which song it is. When it’s been guessed, sing the song.
Monthly Scripture Cards: For Senior Primary, it is a scripture hunt. The kids have to find the scripture passage in the scriptures and read it (you may need to get a few sets of scriptures from the library). Again, the 2018 outline will come in handy for the little kids. No singing with these cards. A side note, July’s scripture card is from The Family: A Proclamation to the World. It obviously isn’t included in most scriptures so I will just be bringing in a copy and we’ll read it, omitting the scripture chasing with that particular card. I might just try and trick the kids to see if they can find it in their scriptures anyway and the first one to realize that it isn’t there wins ;).
If you are short on time, I’d omit all the Monthly Scripture Cards. If you are even shorter on time, omit the Monthly Theme Cards as well. The Mad Gab/Mumbles make a great activity on their own too!
Here’s a quick view of all the cards:
Download my 2018 documents using the link at the bottom of this post (these documents include August which I personally didn’t print but thought it might help others to review for the program later on this year). I printed mine on blue colored paper this year just for kicks. Then cut in half.
If you have completely different song choices for April and May, I found most of the Mad Gab/Mumbles songs from the Chorister’s Facebook post HERE and just slightly altered a few. A direct link to that document is also linked below if you are not a member of the group. The last page of my document to download/print are 2 blank April and May sheets for you to be able to simply write in your own (again, don’t print this page if you don’t need it). The font I used is KG Strawberry Limeade in case you want to try to edit your own but simply handwriting it in will work great.
If you need some Mumbles/Mad Gabs for songs that are not listed, I did a search on the Chorister’s FB Group HERE for “Mad Gabs Mumbles” that brought up LOTS of random songs that others needed help with. If you still can’t find what you need, I’d suggest posting directly on the FB Choristers group – you’ll get some amazing answers as I’m really not that clever to come up with them on my own! Then if you find some good ones, leave a comment here to help others out.
Here are a few other mad gabs/mumbles for other popular songs that have been taught this year::
Whenever I have to Choose – Ben Heather Tie Bath Two Clues
Gethsemane – Get Some Money
You can also look through my Primary Flashcards from previous years for other song ideas:
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