Summer is one of my favorite times of the year! I love the sunny days and the extra time to spend with family.
For primary leaders, summer can also be a very busy time of the year! With work commitments, family vacations, and summer fun, it can be hard to squeeze in time to plan singing time.
We hope this list of 10 Easy Primary Singing Time Ideas for Summer will help you as you plan singing time this summer!
In the summer, I enjoy taking the opportunity to relax and spend more time with my family. As a singing time chorister, family vacations usually means finding a sub for primary.
Since the summer is a busy time for many, I want to have a few quick and easy activities that will be easy for a sub when I’m in a pinch. These activities require very little prep, but can be oh, so fun for children!
10 Easy Singing Time Ideas for Summer
To prep for the busy summer ahead, I’m compiling a list of some of my favorite, no-fail singing time activities to have on hand! These activities require very little prep, and can be great for Junior and Senior time.
These songs can be used with nearly any primary song, but I’ve given some examples of songs I’ve used them with in the past. Here’s my list of 10 fun activities for summer singing time!
1. Sway and FREEZE Activity
I’m starting off this list with one of my favorite zero-prep, zero-cost movement activities: Sway and FREEZE! For this activity, simply have the children sway back and forth while singing until they FREEZE!
This can be a great activity if you have lots of young children in your primary. For an example of this activity and a printable sign, check out our He Sent His Son Sway and Freeze activity.
2. Unscramble the Words Activity
Unscramble the Words is probably my favorite activity to use in Senior primary! There are so many different ways to adapt this activity, and it is so easy to prep!
All you need is a copy of the words to the song. That’s it! Check out this If the Savior Stood Beside Me Unscramble for more details!
3. Lion & Mouse Activity
This Lion and Mouse activity is such a fun way to keep kiddos engaged while reviewing a song. For this activity, simply switch off singing like a lion (loud dynamics) and singing like a mouse (soft dynamics).
Children will love taking turns being the leader and choosing the dynamics! Check out this Choose the Right Lion & Mouse activity for an example!
4. Dance Scarves
Dance Scarves have quickly become one of my favorite activities in primary! This Dance Scarves activity is great for summertime because it can be so easy to plan using our dance scarves action cards!
Grab some colorful dance scarves and have some fun with this activity! Additional details can be found in this I Will Walk With Jesus Dance Scarves post!
5. Picture Puzzles
Picture Puzzles can be another great activity for summer! We have lots of beautiful picture puzzles on our page that can be used to review nearly any primary song. For this activity, simply mix up the puzzle pieces and put them back together as a primary while you review songs!
Need an example? This Love One Another Puzzle Activity includes multiple puzzles that can easily be solved while singing.
6. Dropped Pictures Activity
“Oops, I dropped ALL the pictures! Let’s put them back in order together!” This Dropped Pictures activity is such a fun way to get in some review without too much hassle.
All you need for this activity are pictures or lyric sheets for the song. Check out this A Child’s Prayer Dropped Pictures activity for more details!
7. Word Search
Who doesn’t love a good word search in the summer? This Word Search activity is great for any song you are learning! Create your own simple word search or make on online through thewordsearch.com/maker.
You can find more details in this Search Ponder and Pray Word Search.
8. Coloring Pages
Keep singing time super simple with this Coloring Pages activity! There are lots of cute coloring pages available through the church’s website. Have the children color while they sing!
This Keep the Commandments Color the Commandments activity gives a great example of how to use coloring pages in singing time.
9. Paper Plates Activity
$1 for a fun singing time activity? Count me in! Paper plate can be a great tool to use for practicing rhythms and adding some movement in primary.
Grab enough plates for each child and you have an excellent activity at your fingertips! Check out this Keep the Commandments Paper Plates activity for an example!
Last, but not least, this Memory activity is one of my favorite activities to use when I need a sub! Simply create cards using songs you’re reviewing and play a game of Memory! My primary children love this activity, and I can always count on smiles when we play!
Check out My Favorite Primary Sub Singing Time Activity – Memory for more details on how to play!
Well, there ya have it! We hope this list is helpful to you as you continue serving in primary during summertime! Which of these activities will you use this summer?
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