Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Olympic Review

Tell your children that you are having your own Primary Singing time Olympics!!!

Write these events on different pieces of paper and tape them onto the chalkboard.  Call on a child to come up and choose an event!  Here are the events for our review:

High Jump, Shot Put, Volleyball, Javelin, Archery, Discus, High Dive, Pass the Torch and Olympic Ring Toss.

High Jump -
Put song titles on small squares of paper and stack them high on the wall (blue sticky tape).  Have a child jump as high as they can and grab the song!!!

Shot Put -
Put numbers representing songs (or song titles) in the bottom of a muffin tin.  Let a child stand from a line and see if they can toss a cotton ball (ahem... I mean, shot put) into one!!!

Volley Ball -
Choose a song that needs reviewing and while you sing, see if your children can keep the balloon in the air.  Let them toss it around to each other (they MUST stay in their seat!).

Javelin -
Straw = javelin :)

Put down some tape lines on the floor and write different ways to sing on them.  Let the child who chose "Javelin" from the blackboard throw the straw (javelin).  Which ever line is below the straw, is the way to sing.  Choose a song that needs reviewing or a fun song!

Discus - 
This is the same thing as the javelin but with a paper plate "discus"!!!  Have fun!

Archery -
For this event you will need paper plates, string to hang them, tape, and rubber bands.
The child will get 3 chances to shoot a rubber band and hit a paper plate target.  On each target is an action to do while you sing.
Here are some examples:
Swimming - move arms like swimming forward
Running - Run in place
Rowing - row like your in a kayak
Jumping - jump up and down
Kicking - kick your foot like you are kicking a soccer ball
Tae Kwan Do - move arms like karate moves (facial expressions are optional :))

 High Diving -
Let a child stand from a chair and try to drop a clothes pin into a bottle.  Number each clothes pin and the one that goes in the bottle is the song to sing!

Pass the Torch -
Choose a song that needs reviewing and let the children pass the Olympic Torch around as you sing.  Make sure every child gets a chance to touch it!  You could have the pianist stop at random and the child holding the torch must say the next phrase to the song...then, continue on.
This torch was made from a paper towel tube and tissue paper.
***(The Olympic Flame is lighted by the Olympic torch during the opening ceremonies.  The flame is a symbol of peace.  Thousands of relay runners from many countries carry it to the stadium of the city hosting the games.  The flame is passed by hand from one runner to the next.)

Olympic Ring Toss -
Set out pop bottles and on each have a song to sing.  Hand the child the colored rings and let them try to make a ring around one of them.  The one they get is the song you sing!!!

 If you want to make your own, here is a picture of a simple ring toss to make.  It's made from paper plates and paper towel tubes.  For the rings, cut out the inside of the paper plate and color them with markers.  And for the other part, cut a small hole in a paper plate and stick the paper towel tube in it.  Secure with tape.

***"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle..." - Pierre de Coubertin

Thanks to all the wonderful comments that were left this past week!!!  We are so glad you are using these ideas and adapting them for your own Primary!!!



  1. WOW!! This is FABULOUS!!! I am brand spankin new to being primary chorister. The presidency asked me to take the full hour, and I've been really nervous about it. But this will work out so great and will be so much fun. Thank you for saving me from the bottom of my heart! I can't wait!

  2. This is so Great--- Thanks for the idea!!!

  3. This is awesome! I have the whole hour in primary, so I will be doing this!! Thanks!

  4. such a great idea! THANK YOU so much!! I'll repost this on my blog!

  5. Thank you so much for the awesome ideas! They will be used tomorrow in Primary!!!

  6. You are so creative! Thank you for sharing your genius ideas!

  7. Love this idea.
    I am so appreciative of your blog.. Thank you for all of your ideas. I was recently called to be the Primary Chorister, having no musical background or experience whatsoever.. Your blog is a great help! :)

  8. fun idea! I have 55+ kids in just my SR primary! I am going to do a version of this:
    I have all the songs on pieces of paper and they'll do "high jump" to choose the song.
    Then I'll just do the discus, javelin, and high dive (I'm using color coded q tips) to determine HOW we'll sing that song. I think I have 7-8 songs, so we'll just rotate through the discus, javelin, and high dive.

    Hope it works!

    thanks, love your site....PLEASE keep it up!!! :)

    1. OH! And I forgot that I'm going to have them start off the ceremonies with the torch! We'll sign a fun song and pass it around to begin....

    2. I get such great ideas and inspiration from your site AND from those who comment! So thanks to you for your site and thanks Candy - I was trying to figure out how to make it work for our Primary. I love how we get to share ideas online for our calling.

  9. My kids loved this activity. It was hard to tell who was more excited, the kids or the teachers! Thank you so much for all you share!