Help reinforce and teach the lyrics with this fun The Iron Rod Mad Gab singing time activity for the 1st verse and chorus. The kids will have so much fun trying to decode each of the mad gab phrases throughout the poster and you’ll get in tons of singing repetition as you learn the song line-by-line.
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The Iron Rod Mad Gab
How to Play:
Sing through The Iron Rod (flip chart here) first verse and chorus once, before introducing this activity.
Then, show the children the mad gab poster and tell them you’re going to need their help to decode this mad gab!
Try to decode the first word of the mad gab. 2 Knee+Fi See+R = “To Nephi seer”. When they’ve cracked the code, have them repeat the answer back to you together, then sing that line together.
Now, move on to cracking the second line of the puzzle. Of old+en time a = “of olden time a”. Say then sing the line and start from the beginning and sing both lines. Building one line at a time like this is a great way to add in repetition and help the children memorize the song line by line.
Continue on with the rest of the lines of the song as you decode, say, and sing each line.
- Pass out one of the mad gab picture strips to the children. There are 25 from the first verse and chorus. You can split those and do just the verse or just the chorus in a smaller Primary or pass out two per child. Have the children stand on their word while you sing through the song! This would be best for senior Primary.
- Ask the children before you begin to raise their hand if they need help decoding their words. Now, try to popcorn sing!
- The kids will sing only their word one time through for a fun sprinkle effect. You’ll need to sing all the little words (black words on the chart).
- Cut up the mad gab picture chart like a puzzle and have the children work together to help put it back together! You can scatter the pieces around the board or around the room, then have them piece the 3 pages back together in the right sequence.
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this Tell Me Dear Lord Crack the Code singing time activity!
Printable Song Helps
This free in-post printable includes a mad gab chart only for the 1st verse.
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If you loved this crack the code, you won’t want to miss this challenging Song Picture Puzzle activity!
What other fun ways will you use this Mad Gab singing time activity in your Primary room?