Have your primary “dance” their way into St. Patrick’s Day this week in singing time! You can sing ANY song with this simple St. Patrick’s Day singing time idea! It works with all singing time formats as well – home centered, virtual or live. If you don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your country (or don’t want to bring it into singing time), no problem! I’ve got an easy alternative below!
As I was searching for a St. Patrick’s Day singing time idea, I landed on this page HERE that contains Leprechaun finger puppets! How fun to have primary kids “dance” to primary songs!
I couldn’t figure out how to print the image to be the correct size so I adjusted it. The holes should most children’s fingers. I also adjusted it to print 4 puppets to a page:
I also have a colored option:
As an alternative, I have generic boy and girl finger puppets available as well:
All these printable options are available in my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
I recommend printing on card stock so they don’t rip but regular white paper works too. Have the kids color and cut out (or do it beforehand – depending on your primary’s situation).
I did find it easiest to use a single paper hole punch for cutting out most of the black circles where the fingers go.
Finger Puppet Activity
The activity is simple! Sing any primary song and have those little leprechauns dance! I suggest you review the songs you are working on for the program this fall (we can all dream, right?). Our songs are:
- Joseph Smith’s First Prayer Hymns #26
- The Priesthood is Restored p. 89
- When He Comes Again p. 82
Now, if you are worried about children becoming rowdy with reverent music, this is a great time to discuss how different music makes us feel. If the music is slow and reverent, how would the leprechaun move? Slowly and reverently. If the music is fast, fun and light-hearted, the leprechaun will move accordingly.
TIP: Using finger puppets in singing time solves the problem of “we can’t sing in singing time!” if that happens to be your issue. Those little fingers will be so engaged in dancing their leprechaun, they’ll have no clue they are learning primary songs at the same time! Check out my post HERE with more information about singing time without singing.
I suggest any of my Wiggle Worm songs for something energetic to sing! Check out my Wiggle Worm Jar HERE for more details! Some fun ones from this list might be (but you really can’t go wrong!):
- Do As I’m Doing p. 276
- Once There Was a Snowman p. 249
- If You’re Happy p. 266
Just make sure to incorporate contrasting songs so they can experience different movements!
For more St. Patrick’s Day singing time ideas, check out my posts HERE.
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