Pioneer Days Activities for Kids with LDS Pioneer Songs

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The pioneers are part of our Church’s heritage so wherever you live, make sure to celebrate them in singing time this summer!  Your Primary will gain a better appreciation for the pioneers from these pioneer singing time ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Singing Time Ideas

Pioneer Activities for Singing Time

Celebrating the pioneers in singing time is one of my favorites!  And my favorite way to do that is to incorporate chimes with all the pioneer songs!  I consider chimes to be an “old fashioned instrument” that they may have played as they sang.

But you really can’t go wrong with any of these pioneer suggestions (click on the link to jump to that section):

  1. Chime Charts
  2. Covered Wagon Races
  3. Tug of War
  4. Wagon Wheel of Fortune
  5. Homemade Butter
  6. Pioneer Cake Walk
  7. Cross the Sweetwater River
  8. Pioneer Gear
  9. Pioneer Trek Singo
  10. Pioneer Trek
  11. BONUS: Pioneer Primary Summer Party

1. Pioneer Primary Song Chime Charts

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Primary Song Chime Charts for singing time

Create music similar to how the pioneers would have created it by singing all the pioneer songs in the Children’s Songbook using chimes!  I’ve created a chime (or handbell) chart for EVERY pioneer song in the songbook!

2. Covered Wagon Races

Camille's Primary Ideas: Covered Wagons Singing Time Ideas using wagon races and chimes

Children will enjoy making their own covered wagons then racing them against each other!  Then hold wagon races as you Covered Wagons.

3. Tug of War

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Handcart Song Singing Time Ideas using tug of war

Children enjoy playing games similar to what the pioneers played!  Such a game is tug of war!  Sing The Handcart Song as you play tug of war.

4. Wagon Wheel of Fortune

Pioneer Day Singing Time Wagon Wheel of Fortune

This new spin on an old game will have your Primary rolling {see what I did there?}.  Definitely try this Wagon Wheel of Fortune activity in singing time.

5. Homemade Butter

Camille's Primary Ideas: pioneer singing time ideas including making butter

Your Primary will LOVE making and eating homemade butter on crackers!  They’ll be good and hungry after all that singing and shaking!

6. Pioneer Cake Walk

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked singing time ideas using a cake walk

Pioneers did TONS of walking!  So create a simple cake walk as your Primary sings Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked.

7. Cross the Sweetwater River

Camille's Primary Ideas: pioneer singing time ideas using ice water

Create a similar experience the pioneers had when they crossed the Sweetwater river!  All you need is a big bucket of icy water and the story about the boys who sacrificed their lives to help others cross the freezing Sweetwater river.

8. Pioneer Gear

Camille's Primary Ideas: Little Pioneer Children Singing Time Ideas using chimes and paper bag vests and pinafores

Make these {totally authentic!} pioneer clothes from brown paper bags.  Then wear your pioneer gear as you sing and ring to Little Pioneer Children!

9. Pioneer Trek Singo

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Trek Singo Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea featuring Susan Fitch's Artwork

Bingo in singing time is always a hit!  So make sure to play this pioneer trek singo version!

10. Pioneer Trek

Camille's Primary Ideas: Pioneer Trek singing time idea

This pioneer trek singing time activity contains various pioneer stories that occurred along the way paired with Primary songs!

11. BONUS: Pioneer Primary Summer Party

Combine several of the ideas listed above to create an EPIC pioneer Primary summer activity!  Simply create stations for each of the Primary children to visit!

Pioneer Party Invitation

Create your summer Primary pioneer party using this invitation!  The artwork is by Susan Fitch.

Pioneer Primary Summer Party Invitation Editable

What are your Pioneer Day Singing Time Ideas?

What do you love to do to celebrate the pioneers in singing time?  Leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas!

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

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Pioneers.

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