Monday, March 17, 2014

Children's Singing Time Game: Tic Tac Toe!

I was in charge of our Primary Singing time at church a few weeks ago and decided to play a simple game of tic-tac-toe to help us practice a song. It was so easy to put together, the kids had fun, and we got a good practice on one of my favorite songs!

  • Construction paper in Red and Blue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Chalk

Prep Work:
  1. Draw an X on a piece of red construction paper. Cut it out and trace 5 more onto more red paper.
  2. Draw an O on a piece of blue construction paper and do the same thing.
  3. After they're all cut out, put them in a bag with some tape and chalk and you're all ready to go!

Singing Time!

I wanted to practice the song, "My Heavenly Father Loves Me" (Children's Songbook, pg.   ). I think kids learn songs well when they sing them over and over. This game was a way to sing the song over and over and not get bored because we had a fun game going on at the same time!

First, I drew a tic-tac-toe grid on the chalkboard, and taped up the X's on one side of it, and the O's on the other side. 
I split the kids into 2 groups: Team X and Team O.

Here's how it worked with the younger kids 
(Jr. Primary, ages 3-8).
The younger kids don't know this song very well, and the song is kind of long, so I chose to break it up into parts. I sang the first 1-2 lines of the song, and then had Team X repeat those lines. Then I did the same thing with Team O. So the kids got to hear and/or sing the same line 4 times. Repetition is key. :)

After both teams heard and sang that line, then I chose 1 person from each team to come up and place an X and O on the board. Then we went onto the next line, and so on.

It took about 4-6 turns before one of the teams had won. At the end we sang the song all the way through.
We even had enough time to play another round!

*Note: A few of the younger kids are a little bit more sensitive to winning and losing, so I made sure to have each team turn to the other and say "good job" to show how to be a good sport. :) Luckily for us, both teams each won a round so everyone was happy. 

Here's how it worked with the older kids 
(Sr. Primary, ages 8-11)

The older kids know this song pretty well. They even know the second verse!
So instead of the repetition, I played a fill in the blank game with each team.

I went through the song in order and said a line to the song. Wherever I stopped the line, they had to tell me what the next word was. 
For example,
"Whenever I hear the song of a _______,"
(the answer is BIRD)

After each team got a chance to fill in a blank, I chose 1 person from each team to come put an X and O on the board. Then I did it all again.
When the game ended, we sang the whole song all the way through. :)

Again, we had enough time to play another round, and AGAIN, both teams each won one round.
Hooray for Singing Time!


nancy john said...

They're all so pretty! Great activities for kids. These days, most would just keep them occupied...and quiet playing games on their ipads

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eLLe said...

I played the Tic Tac Toe game to help the children learn The Lord Gave Me a Temple and it really motivated them! Thank you for this great idea!

Cherness said...

Thank you for such a fun and simple idea! It's people like you that make primary so fun and memorable!! - Cheryl, St. George, UT