Use this fun Grandmother Primary Song Hot Potato Game to keep your primary kids engaged in singing time while reviewing this Mother’s Day song!
For this simple people interactions activity, pass around an object while you sing. When the music stops, have the child holding the object share something they love about their grandmother or mom!
See TONS of Mother’s Day singing time ideas here for more activities for the season.
Grandmother Primary Song Hot Potato Game
When I’m teaching a short song like this sweet Grandmother primary song, I try to have a few different ideas to review it in an engaging way! This hot potato activity is a fun spin on the classic “pass the item” primary idea!
For this activity, pass an item around the room during singing time. When the music stops, ask the child holding the item to share something they love about their grandma!
What I love most about this activity is that is requires so little prep! All you need is something light for the kids to pass to each other. I’ve also included different ideas for questions to ask later in this post!
Bring an object to primary that can easily be passed around. Some ideas might include a bean bag, a shoe, a potato, or even just a piece of paper works! You can even grab this cute hot potato printable from our website.
At the beginning of primary, review the first two verses of Grandmother primary song.
Then, start passing an object around the room. Have each of the children pass the object to someone sitting next to them while you sing. Have the pianist stop the music randomly during the song. When the music stops, the “hot potato” stops too!
Ask the child who is holding the hot potato to share something they love about their grandmother. Continue singing until the music stops again! Give the children a minute or two to share a favorite memory or a reason why they love their grandma!
Finish with your testimony of families. Encourage the children to think about their parents and grandparents and find ways to express gratitude for them this Mother’s Day.
If you are looking for additional ways to use this activity in singing time, keep scrolling to find 4 different extension ideas!
Hot Potato Questions:
I’ve created 9 different questions to ask when the music stops! This is a fun way to have different conversations about mothers and grandmothers. These questions can be easily adaptable for children who may not have living grandparents.
Check out our extension ideas below for a creative way to pick which questions to ask during this activity!
- What is your favorite thing about your grandmother?
- Share a favorite memory of your grandmother.
- What is something your grandmother does to show her love for you?
- What is something you can do to show love to your grandmother?
- What is your grandmother’s favorite activity to do?
- Does your grandmother have a favorite hymn or primary song?
- What is your grandmother’s favorite color?
- What is something you have learned from your grandmother?
- What is one of your grandmother’s talents?
4 Extension Activities:
- Invite children to share about other meaningful people in their lives. You can replace the word “Grandmother” in the song with “Mother,” “Father,” “Sister,” “Brother,” or “Friend.” Have children share what they love about the people they love!
- Assign each question a number 1-6. Pass around a numbered dice. When the music stops, have the child holding the dice roll it and answer the question assigned to that number.
- Have the children pass the item on specific key words in the song or have them pass it on every word.
- To get in lots of practice, have the pianist speed up the music when they are getting ready to stop the music. When they music increases tempo, have the kids pass the item faster!
Check out this He Sent His Son Singing Cupid idea for a similar activity!
Grandmother Primary Song Hot Potato Game Printable
Just as I mentioned before, you really don’t need much for this activity! I’ve included a printable with 9 different hot potato questions to ask during this activity! Just print out this page and use the questions as you review this Mother’s Day song!
For a fun way to choose a question, print and cut out the questions into strips and put them in a jar or bowl. When the music stops, have the child holding the item choose one of the strips from the bowl and answer the question!
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Head over to this Grandmothers Fill In the Blank review activity next!
What other fun ways could you extend this Mother’s Day activity?