(To teach this song, find my art here. More lesson plan ideas for the month are here.)
This game is one of my kids’ favorites! It looks intimidating, but it’s super easy once you understand the idea.
To prepare the game:1. Download the PDF at the bottom of the page.2. Print the first four pages3. Print the fifth through eighth pages on the back. (Or just write the words on the back if you have trouble getting them to line up)4. Cut out the strips.
Now you should have a puzzle with the picture on one side and the lyrics to the song on the other. Cut a piece of clear shelf paper big enough to cover the entire puzzle. Remove the backing and attach it to the blackboard, sticky-side-out, with magnets or tape. Note: an anonymous commenter left the suggestion to use press-and-seal kitchen paper so the puzzle lasts for multiple uses. Y’all are geniuses! (I wish I could get that stuff in Holland!) Attach the puzzle pieces, lyrics-side-out, to the blackboard with magnets or clear tape. Tell the children that they need to learn the song so well that they can recite it inside-out, backward and forward. They’re going to see if they can sing the song from the end to the beginning. Take the strip that reads “And in my home above.” and place it at the bottom of the piece of shelf paper. Explain that this is the last line of the song. Ask them to sing the song with you and listen for the line that occurs just BEFORE this one. Sing through the song and ask the children which word strip belongs just above the one that you’ve already posted. Have them find the word-strip and carefully attach it to the shelf paper above the first. Continue the game until all the word strips are on the page in the correct order. When the lyrics are complete, remove the magnets holding up the shelf paper and turn it around, showing the children the picture side of the puzzle.