If you’re looking for a cute and spunky song Father’s Day Songs for Primary Children to teach this year, you’re going to love this fun alternative to the classic Daddy’s Homecoming: My Dad. It’s upbeat and fun and easy to learn. Today, I’ll share this cute My Dad Spot the Difference game for a great way to teach this song in your Primary room!
You’ll simply show to slightly different versions of a cute picture that goes with each line of the song and see if the kids can find the difference between the two! You’ll get in lots of song repetition while keeping their attention while you build upon the song line after line.
My Dad Spot the Difference
How to Play:
Print out the picture pairs and cut them out. Glue each picture on a piece of cardstock, then fold it in half so one picture is on the front, and one on the back, but you can unfold to see both side by side.
Sing through My Dad (flip chart here) once before introducing this activity.
Show the first picture pair card holding one side towards the kids and ask the children to study it closely while you sing through the song. Ask if they’re ready, then flip over the picture to the backside so they now only see the alternate picture. Ask them to look and raise their hands if the notice what’s different.
Give the kids a little bit of time to look over the picture to try to spot what has changed. Call on a volunteer to answer and point out what’s different. Open up the page so the kids can see both pictures side by side and everyone can find the difference. Ask what the first line of the song is? Sing it out loud together! Then, put that first picture up on the board to represent the first line.
Sing through the song again with a second picture showing one side and repeat!
Continue to show the pictures and sing through the verse adding each one to the board until you’ve made your way through the whole song.
If you’re running short on time or want to do more than one song during your singing time, you can do 2 pictures at a time and have helpers come up front to hold them for you or just pick a couple of the pictures to use for the spot the difference.
Tell the children that each of our dads are different and we have different experiences, but we all have a Heavenly Father that we know loves us. Even if we hear him talk to us in different ways or learn of him differently, he’s still all of our dads!
- Play a game of match! Cut out all the pieces both the original and with the subtle change. Have the kids flip them over 2 at a time looking for a match. When they find a match, have them spot the difference!
- Use the 1-page as a sing-along guide and send it home with the kids! Have them practice the song at home and color in the scene. Can they add they draw in their own subtle changes?
- Hide the different spot the difference alternate pictures around the room. Have someone hunt for the first missing match while you sing, then share the difference!
- Sing only one half of a line at a time (one pictures worth) as you build upon the song. This is a good option if teaching the song for the very first time. Each time you add a picture, add another line of the song. You may have to sing the line 2-3 times when you only have a couple lines to sing at the beginning, but as you build up the song you can shorten it to just singing once through as far as you’ve learned!
For another twist on this activity, head over to see this I Want to Live the Gospel Tray of Object lesson plan!
My Dad Spot the Difference Game
Included in this free in-post printable is a set of 1/4 sheet my dad spot the difference cards! It’s 2 pages of cards and another 2 pages with the differences for a 4-page printable.
You’ll find a printable lesson plan plus additional fun sizes including 1/2 page cards and a 1-page printable sing-along coloring page included in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership in the May Old Testament packet.
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To help you teach this song, head over to see all of my printable My Dad Flip Chart options, including a slideshow option.
What other fun ways could you incorporate this fun spot the difference activity into your singing time lesson plan? I can’t wait to hear your ideas to expand on this activity!