Saturday, September 17, 2011

Get the Bugs Out!

With program review in full swing, it's fun (and hard!) to come up with different ways to go over the same songs week after week until the program.  For those of you whose programs are coming up soon, YAY! - you're almost there!!  And for those of you who have until October or November to fill in the time, YAY! - you still have lots of time to have fun!!

Here is a fun review game called Get the Bugs Out.  It involves mess, bugs, and singing.  Are you on board?  Good.  Here goes.

First thing you need is a great big batch of slime.  You may have your own recipe somewhere, or you can google it, or use the concoction that I use, which seems to work fine and is a cinch to put together.  Here's how:

2 parts cornstarch
1 part hot water
Food coloring (probably green since isn't slime green?  the only slime I've ever seen is green...)
Add food coloring to water - make it nice and dark since the cornstarch will lighten it.  Mix cornstarch with colored water a little at a time until the desired consistency is reached.  That's it!

Of course, I only had 2 cups of cornstarch, so this made quite a tiny batch.  Looks like milk, eh?  That's because I also appear to be out of food coloring.  While I am clearly out of obscure craft ingredients, we do, however, have food in our house, which is good!
Next, you'll need some bugs.  I got a pack at the $1 store, or you could print and laminate paper ones.  Write a number on each bug.  You can play this several different ways, but here are two ideas for you.  1.) Assign each number a specific program song, and have the kids sing it the best they can keeping in mind certain "song bugs" - stand up straight, smile, dynamics, eye contact, etc.  If they rock, they pick another bug out of the slime.  If they roll, they try the song again until all the bugs are out.  2.) If you're working on a few specific songs, assign each bug a "song bug."  So if they draw a number 2, they sing each song while making sure to smile, smile, smile.  Or enunciate, enunciate, enunciate.

Put the bugs in the slime (you'll want to do this before singing time starts, so it's all ready - you'll need to wash your hands, but the slime rinses right off.)

Invite a child to come up and pick a bug out of the slime.  Of course, you'll probably want to have more than a half-a-glass of slime - you'll at least want a mason jar full.

Have a rinsing bowl and dry towel there for the kids to rinse the bug and their hands.  Find out the number, and sing!

This game is fast paced, can be used for Junior and Senior primary, and can be tweaked to work in tons of different ways.  Have fun, and if you choose to do it, let us know how it goes!
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  1. Love the idea. I'm going to use it next week for our song review.

  2. With just a couple of weeks left to get ready I am feeling the pressure and so are the kids. I promised them last Sunday that I would have something super fun this coming week. I think I have found it!!! Thanks for sharing

  3. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for such a fun idea. We did this last sunday (9/25) and it was a huge success. The kids were so excited over cornstarch! :) Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing!!!

  4. LOVE THIS! Totally stealing this idea for this month while we review review review for the program. How awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this!

  5. I boiled the cornstarch and water to a thick gravy texture, but green of course. Have me more of a slimy consistency. And I had a mom be in charge of the slime table, so I could focus on singing. I broke the songs up by tricky word lines we needed to practice, plus then all kids got a turn getting a bug. Thanks for great idea!

  6. Does the slime stay the same for at least a day? I'm wondering for getting things ready ahead of time. Seriously, great idea!

    1. Yes, it's good for a while :) I've made it for preschool and it's lasted for several days in an airtight container. Have fun!

  7. After singing time was over it was nice to hear the cry's of sadness. Best to leave them wanting more;) As each song was picked we quickly talked about the way to debug that particular song; volume, knowing words, enunciating, or spirit. Everyone was engaged and excited. Thanks for the idea.

    1. You're welcome! I'm so glad you had fun with it :)


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