For a fun way to review your primary program songs this year, invite your Bishop into primary for this Cut the Tie Primary Program Review Idea! When the children sing especially beautifully, what happens? You guessed it! They get to cut a piece from the Bishop’s tie!
I’m so excited to share this activity with you! Last year, my primary kids had an absolute BLAST with this activity, so we had to make it an annual tradition in our ward. I hope your primary will enjoy this program review game just as much as we did!
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Cut the Tie Primary Program Review Idea
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How to Play Cut the Tie:
The idea for this activity originally came from my amazing primary president. She was so excited to share this activity because it was one she remembered from her own experiences as a child in primary.
For this activity, we invited our Bishop to primary. If your Bishop is unavailable or unwilling, this activity can work with any visitor! Our Bishop just happens to be the husband of our primary president, so he was more than happy to participate 😉
Start by inviting a member of your Bishopric to attend primary. Inform them that they will need to wear a tie (or change into one) that they don’t really want to wear again. You could also help them out by grabbing a tie at your local thrift store.
During primary, choose one song at a time to review. There are so many fun ways to do this! You could put the names of all your primary program songs in a jar or even make a fun wheel! I have a few additional extension ideas later in this post that can add a fun twist!
Once you choose the song, sing through it once. Then, invite your special visitor to come into the room. Grab a pair of scissors and explain that if they sing well, they’ll get to cut of a *small* piece of the Bishop’s tie!
Continue practicing the same song, or choose a different one to review! One excellent part about this activity is that is can be used for any primary song! By the end of primary, the tie should be pretty short!
Our Bishop even decided to wear his tie for our primary program! This is such a fun little confidence boost for the kids and gives everyone a laugh!
- A few weeks before you plan to do the activity, ask a member of your Bishopric if they are willing to attend primary.
- Grab a cheap tie for your visitor or ask them to bring a tie they don’t want to wear again.
- At the beginning of primary, choose a song from your primary program to review. Sing through the song once.
- Then, invite your visitor into the room. Sing through the song again, but this time, tell the children that if they sing well, they will get to cut a small piece from his tie.
- If the children sing well, have your visitor choose a child to come up and cut a small piece of his tie.
- Continue practicing the same song, or switch to a new song! Have your visitor decide how short they are willing to have their tie!
- Make it a competition! Invite two men to come into primary and split the room into two teams. As you sing through a verse, choose the side that sang the best. The team with the shortest tie at the end of primary wins!
- Create a fun way for your visitor to choose the songs! For example, you might write all your program songs on the board. Blindfold your visitor and spin him around, then have him point to a song!
- Bring in a tie for each song in your program. Whether someone is wearing the ties or not, cut each tie as you practice the songs. See which tie is the shortest at the end of primary (This activity may take 2 weeks to get through all the songs).
Looking for another fun activity to review for your Primary Program? You’ll love this Football Primary Program Review Idea!
Cut the Tie Primary Program Review Printable Lesson Plan
I created this short & sweet printable lesson plan for this Cut the Tie activity. This printable includes activity instructions, as well as some fun ideas to add to the activity. Just print out this lesson plan or save it in your files for next year!
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