The Primary Song The Priesthood is Restored makes a very important proclamation! And anything that’s important merits a trumpet! Have your primary kids “trumpet” along as they learn this energetic primary song! You won’t regret it!
The priesthood was on the earth when Jesus was here, but then it was taken away. In 1829 the priesthood was restored to Joseph Smith by John the Baptist and Peter, James and John. Pretty amazing, right?
If you listen to the accompaniment to this song, there’s a fanfare at the beginning and throughout the song. The trumpets are announcing that the priesthood has been restored!
Make a “Trumpet”
Notice that the accompaniment recorded by the church uses actual trumpets. I thought it would be fun to have the kids create their own simple “trumpets” so to speak!
As I was researching ideas, I thought of homemade kazoos made from toilet paper rolls like these one here:
They look fun and easy enough! Just make sure to have the kids hum into them and not blow! But then I saw these homemade popsicle kazoos and fell in love!
All you need to make the popsicle kazoos are craft/popsicle sticks, a large rubber band, 2 smaller rubber bands and a plastic straw:
Here are the supplies from Amazon if that helps (these are affiliate links below where I make a small commission at no cost to you if you purchase):
Or Walmart works great too which is where I usually purchase my craft supplies :).
I suggest passing out kazoo kits that contain all the supplies to make a kazoo (I’ll hand out baggies containing supplies after sacrament meeting). Then have your primary kids watch the video of how to create their own kazoo. They can decorate their kazoos using supplies around their house if they like.
If you’d rather just hand out pre-made kazoos, these from Amazon are inexpensive (also an affiliate link):
Once everyone is armed with a kazoo, no matter the method, they can play along to the sing-along video of The Priesthood is Restored here:
I like to email our primary families with links for all the how-to videos and the sing-along video. But you could also print out instructions.
If you are at church for singing time, use a flip chart of the images (like this one HERE) as your primary kazoos along with the piano. You and the teachers sing.
If your primary can’t sing during singing time, I’m sure kazooing isn’t possible either. But don’t let that deter you! Make the kazoos as part of the activity as they listen to the music. Then let them go home to play their kazoos with the music!
Encourage the children to take a deep breath before each phrase so they can hold their kazoo notes for the entire phrase through to the long ending notes!
Easy and fun! If you want to break up the kazooing, assign children to kazoo on different words or phrases (like maybe the words that are held long – restored, man and again) and then sing the other words or phrases.
As they are kazooing along, they can also answer these questions:
- The priesthood was brought back to the earth. The song doesn’t use those words. Listen to find the word that means “brought back.” [Restored]
- What was made known to man? [The truth (meaning the fullness of the gospel)]
- To whom has God spoken? [To the earth (to people living on the earth)]
- What is here again? [Power]
- What does the word “power” mean in this song? [The priesthood which is the power or authority to act in God’s name]
- Which 3 words are held the longest? [Restored, man, again]
Bear testimony that the priesthood is one of the greatest gifts we have on earth because it gives men and boys the authority to do what Heavenly Father or Jesus would do if they were here. We always want to live worthy to receive the blessings of the priesthood.
If kazooing doesn’t tickle your fancy, I also really like this singing time idea HERE for teaching The Priesthood is Restored. Also, Holly shared her simplified ASL signs for this song here if that helps as well: