Saturday, August 18, 2012

Secret Words

With program review in full swing, it's time to spice things up a bit.  These last weeks before the program can be tedious, singing those songs in order time and again!  This activity is SUPER simple, and totally hilarious.

You can do this by class, or if you're the sadistic kind of chorister that likes to utilize your teachers, you can just make the teachers do it.  Whatever works.

1.  Choose enough words for each class or teacher.  The words should be common in many of the songs you're singing, so for this year you may choose "choose" or "Jesus" or "right."  Be creative - the more common the word the better.

2.  Choose an action to accompany each word.  This is where the fun comes in.  "Clap 4 times quickly"  "Shout Woot-Woot"  "Sigh loudly"  "Laugh out loud"  Those are some ideas for the actions.  Be mindful of personalities and try to rig it to make it fun.  You know what I mean.

3.  Put the word/action combos on slips of paper and hand them to the teachers on the way in, making sure that they DO NOT SHARE their word/actions with anyone else!!!!

4.  As you sing the program songs, each time their word is sung, they have to do the action.  This will result in a hilarious foley effect that is sure to get everyone smiling!  (Choose"clapclapclap" the right"bah-hah-ha!")  It's hilarious.

5.  At the end of singing time, everyone has to guess which word each class had.

See?  I told you it was easy!

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  1. Hilarious!! I'm brand new to the calling and I will definitely be doing this tomorrow!! Lol

  2. You are amazing. Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I was getting so overwhelmed with the possibilities of singing time ideas and decided to KEEP it simple so I don't end up burning myself out. You are the perfect example of that. YOU ROCK!!

  3. I did this today and it was a BIG hit!! In Jr. primary I pulled four teachers up to the front to do it so that the kids would still have their eyes up front. Then in Sr. primary I used all of the teachers and they stayed in their seats. Here are what I used for actions, in case anyone else needs them. thanks for all of the great ideas!
    Wiggle ears with hands
    popcorn popping hands
    Laugh loudly "Ha Ha ha!"
    Hiccup loudly (be sure to give this to a male teacher, what a hoot!!)
    Exclaim "Oh yeah!"
    peek a boo hands
    pat your head
    raise hands in the air and make twinkle fingers
    Hop up and say "woo!"
    blow a kiss
    shoot a basketball
    hop up and turn around

  4. Bonita,
    Thanks for following up! I don't get to hear very often how things go for people, so this was fun to hear! I love the sneeze one - that would have been hilarious!

  5. This is saving the day, today! I needed something quick and easy. Thanks!

  6. This is a GREAT idea! Thank you so much for sharing! I've been struggling with ways to make repetition more fun, I just finished up a post about some ways to get through it!


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