Wagon Wheel of Fortune Singing Time Ideas

Play WAGON Wheel of Fortune with a fun spin on a Pioneer Day singing time activity!  Sing any song(s) you like whether they be a list of pioneer songs in the Children’s Songbook or any song(s) that need reviewing which is what I’ll be using it for this week!

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My idea comes from HERE.  I didn’t want to draw a wheel so I created it all digitally.  Print and go – just the way I like it! Access my printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
Then all you’ll need is a spinner of some sort.  Either a magnetic one or just a cheap spinner.  I bought these here (Amazon affiliate link):
Other ideas for making a spinner might be to take apart your Twister game or making your own spinner using a brad and heavy paper as your arrow.  You can even try a rotating chair and spinning a child with the pieces on the floor but I’m not sure how well that would work.  If you have any other ideas or suggestions, let me know!
There are a few options for putting your wheel together.  If you have a magnetic spinner (you can even take the cheap spinners and hot glue or duct tape one to a heavy duty magnet as an alternative – which is what I did!).  Then you simply tape or use magnets to put up 6 wheel pieces on the board in a circle and place your spinner in the middle.  Easy!  Here’s how mine turned out:

The other option is to put your spinner through a foam board, then tape your pieces to the foam board.

I created a “SCALED by 75%” file that I adjusted so the pieces can fit on the popular Ikea spinner found HERE.  Make sure to print the SCALED file in my Resource Library if you go this route (thank you Becky for the photo!):

The actions that go along with each item are as follows:
  • Campfire Songs – pitch lead using your hands (move your hands up and down as the notes move up and down) or, if you have a song using ASL, sing this song with it
  • Hiss the S’s – when you sing any “S’s” in the song, exaggerate them.  This will be the only time this is a good thing – haha!
  • Mountain Echo – one side of the room sings a phrase, then the other side sings the next phrase
  • Wagon Wheel Arms – roll arms like a wagon wheel
  • Boys/Girls Sing – boys sing a phrase, then the girls sing the next phrase
  • Starry Night – sing with the lights off (bring in finger lights or flash lights if you want!!)
  • Pioneer Trek – walk around the perimeter of the room as you sing
  • Choppy Ax – sing staccato (short sounds or choppy – have the piano do it too!)
  • Butterfly Wings – wave your arms like a butterfly
  • Stinky Skunk – hold your nose as you sing
  • Bumble Bee Hum hum one phrase, then sing the next phrase
  • Buffalo Stampede – march in place
Denise also shared several more ways to sing like a Pioneer HERE.
There are 12 wheel pieces so once a wheel piece has been chosen, remove it and replace it with another one.  This is great because you’ll never have repeats!  Once you have less than 6 pieces left, just spread out the pieces so they take up more space ;).
The activity is simple – call up kids to spin, then sing your song(s) with the associated pioneer action.
I created the pieces so they fit on a single piece of paper so you can easily print at home:
I printed mine on white card stock, cut out then laminated.  Then I also wrote the corresponding action on the back with pencil because I tend to forget things when I’m up front.  Tell me I’m not the only one!
You can also check out all of my Pioneer Day singing time lesson plans HERE for more ideas.

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

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Title Category > Pioneer Day > Wagon Wheel of Fortune.


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16 thoughts on “Wagon Wheel of Fortune Singing Time Ideas”

  1. LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for your creativity and willingness to share. One quick note on this particular file: on the campfire songs wheel wedge you have a small typo it reads camprife instead of campfire. I am still going to use it and see if anyone notices the oops. Maybe if they do I will have a small prize for paying attention. Keep up the great work! I LOVE THIS!

  2. I just have to say thanks a million for your hard work, creativity, long hours spent and willingness to share! I was completely overwhelmed when I got called and now I know I can count on your amazing site anytime! Just today I threw my back out and had a lesson plan for a substitute in no time thanks to you! Can't say thanks enough!!!

  3. Thank you for putting this all together. I got asked to sub for our chorister this Sunday and your lesson plans helped out a ton!

    1. Hi Kamaile!

      I’m happy you found something to work for subbing! Subbing in this calling can be tricky. And I really appreciate your kind words – I love comments like this :).


  4. Your ideas are great. I, however am having a hart time understanding how I can print what I need. I’m wanting to use the pioneer wheel spin game, but can’t seem ti find out how to do it. Is there a pdf file somewhere that I need to use? I’m pretty decent at understanding the internet and links, and I’m pretty confident in using the computer. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Amy!

      Thanks for your kind comment! And I apologize about the confusion. All my printables are filed on my Resource Library that you gain access to once you enter your email address. The link will be emailed to you. I’ll email you everything :).


  5. I would love to use the pioneer wagon wheel for a review games but it wants me to use a CC. I am wondering if you can email me the files?? Please and thank you!!

    1. Hi Ashley!

      You shouldn’t need a credit card to access my Resource Library. I noticed you haven’t signed up for my Resource Library to receive free access to all my printables. So I signed you up and you should be receiving a welcome email. I’ll also email you the direct link for the Wagon Wheel of Fortune printables. Sorry for the trouble!


    1. Hi Erin!

      I’ve emailed you the link. It’s filed on my Resource Library under Category Title (different than Song Title), Pioneer Day, then Wagon Wheel of Fortune. I hope that helps!


  6. Hello. I am having trouble finding the Resource Library again. I click on the link above, knowing I need to go to the Resource Library, under Title Category, under Pioneer Day, under Wagon Wheel of Fortune, but it doesn’t take me to a place I can sign in. It take me to a place to sign up for emails, but I already get those. Please help me.

    1. Hi Nikki!

      If you just re- sign up for the emails, you’ll be redirected to the Resources Library. Once you get the link, make sure to bookmark it so you don’t have to do it again. I’ll also email it to you.


  7. I love this activity! When I try to open it in the resource library, it is saying “switch accounts” when it tries to open in google drive. I’ve never had this happen before. Is there another way I can access?

    1. Hi Jess!

      I wonder if it’s something about the Google Drive account you are logged into. I just opened it up in an incognito window and it was fine for me. I’ll also email you the link along with the file. I hope that helps.


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