I posted this activity last year to get ready for the primary program. We had great success with it and received loads of positive feedback. The idea is to help children perfect phrases within the program songs with which the children tend to have difficulty.
To play the game, first print and cut out the pictures (found here) which correspond to the songs you want to review. You may need to enlarge them in the document. The pictures I am using are shown below. Attach these pictures to the board at the front of the room.
Next, print and cut out the phrases that the children have difficulty with. Fold them in half and place them in a bowl.
Choose two reverent children to come to the board. Draw a phrase out of the bowl and read it aloud in a clear voice. When the children know to which song the phrase belongs, they “swat” the corresponding picture on the board. (To avoid the children hitting each other, you may choose to use fly swatters, feathers, wands, etc. to swat the pictures.)
Have the entire primary repeat the phrase after you until they have mastered it. Then sing the song (or the appropriate verse of the song), paying special attention to the phrase.
(January) He Sent His Son“He sent his son to walk with men, on earth, that we may know.”
(February) I Will Follow God’s Plan For Me“And seek for God’s light, to direct me from birth.”
(March) I Stand All Amazedvs 1: “Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me”vs 2: “Sufficient to own, to redeem and to justify.”vs 3; “No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat.”
(April) The Family is of Godvs 2: “A father’s place is to preside, provide,”vs 3: “She teaches children to obey, to pray,”vs 4: ” And when I am a mom or dad, so glad”
(May or June) Love at Home“Peace and plenty here abide””Time doth softly, sweetly glide”
(August) Seek the Lord Early“Then go to our Father in fervent prayer””I’ll keep his commandments; his love will abound”