Why not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in singing time with a rainbow color toss singing time review activity? And if you don’t want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in singing time, no problem – there’s no relation to St. Patrick’s Day other than a rainbow!
I LOVE this corn hole toss activity shared HERE. But alas, I don’t own a corn hole game. And honestly, the thought of dragging it to church seems pretty daunting, haha! But then I came across a Rainbow Color Toss activity shared HERE and knew I could easily combine the 2 ideas into 1!
And even better, you can sing ANY songs with this activity!
Nature & Seasons
Did you know there is a Nature and Seasons section in The Children’s Songbook? It’s the peach colored section that runs from pages 228 – 249.
There are so many songs that are unfamiliar to me in this section! Any song in this section fits perfectly with this review activity! But choose any songs you want to sing or review!
All you need is small pieces of paper containing the names/phrases/verses of the song(s) you want to sing. Have at least 7 songs/phrases/verses to choose from to represent each color in the rainbow.
Rainbow Song Choices
Here are the songs relating to spring and nature that I suggest you sing:
- My Heavenly Father Loves Me p. 228 vs. 1-2
- Got Is Watching Over All p. 229 vs. 1-2
- I Think the World is Glorious p. 230 vs. 1-2
- All Things Bright and Beautiful p. 231 vs. 1-4
- Beauty Everywhere p. 232 vs. 1-2
- The World Is So Lovely p. 233 vs. 1-2
- Because God Loves Me p. 234 vs. 1-2
- The World Is So Big p. 235 vs. 1-2
- “Give,” Said the Little Stream p. 236 vs. 1-3
- The Prophet Said to Plant a Garden p. 237 vs. 1-2
- Springtime Is Coming p. 238 vs. 1-2
- Because It’s Spring p. 239
- In the Leafy Treetops p. 240 vs. 1-2
- Birds in the Tree p. 241 vs. 1-2
- Rain Is Falling All Around p. 241
- Popcorn Popping p. 242
- Little Seeds Lie Fast Asleep p. 243 vs. 1-2
- Little Purple Pansies p. 244 vs. 1-2
This is a list of 18 songs! You obviously won’t sing all of these. However, so you aren’t stuck singing the same song over and over again for the activity, swap out the songs as you sing them.
Feel free to pick and choose the songs that are more familiar if you like. Or, pick the songs that are completely UNFAMILIAR and enjoy listening and/or singing these new primary songs!! I suggest creating a playlist on the Gospel for Kids app HERE if you go this route and posting the words like I do HERE.
Once you have your chosen songs, grab a sheet of colored paper to represent each color in the rainbow:
Okay I did change those last 2 colors a tad because blue and indigo are so closely related and hard to find in construction paper ;). You can even take white printer paper and color with crayons (better yet, enlist a few primary kiddos to do it before primary starts!).
Arrange the colors in the shape of a rainbow on the floor at the front of the primary room. Add 2 white half sheets of paper on the ends (optional). These can be “free spaces” and if kids land on those, they can choose a favorite song to sing. I cut mine into clouds for fun!
Grab a bean bag or something similar to toss and you are all set to play! The rules are simple … stand back and have a child toss the bean bag onto the colors. Whatever color it lands on (or closest to) pick it up to reveal the song underneath.
Sing the song then repeat with a new child and new songs. Make sure to switch out the song once it’s been sung.
If you have a large primary, let teachers come up and toss instead of the kids. Put those teachers on the spot, have them stand far back and make it really difficult! Let the primary try and guess which color it will land on before the teacher tosses.
If children really want to have a turn, I always happily let them engage in our activities after singing time ;).
To provide additional movement, use wands as you sing (I suggest rainbow wands but any type will work). Find out where I get my wands HERE.
With the wands, you can create any type of actions. For “Give,” Said the little Stream, create water-like movements with the wands. You can also use these wand movement cards:
More details on using these cards are HERE if you need. Access my printables at my Resource Library. Instructions for accessing my Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.
To involve more children, have children take turns flipping through the wand cards.
Another fun movement activity is to pass out Leprechaun puppets. Have the children “dance” to the songs with their fingers. More details are HERE.
Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Wands.