Wednesday, April 21, 2010


*This is not my original idea and I regret not knowing whose it is because it is fantastic!*

This Sunday is the half-way point for learning the songs we will be singing for the Sacrament Meeting program! I am excited to review all four songs with the children and let them know I think they are such "Smarties" for having learned the songs so well. Because this involves a candy treat, I have gained permission from the Primary presidency. Good idea, right?

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Tape
Gift wrap the Smarties inside the box. Add the song tags to the ribbon.

Show the ruler and explain to the children where the half-way point is on it. Let them know that they have reached a very significant "half-way point". They have learned half the songs already for the Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation! Tell them how proud you are of them and how "smart" they are. Show them the gift box and tell them you have a special "yummy" gift for them. Shake it around a little bit and let them know that you want to share it with each one of them, but before you can share what is inside, they must sing all 4 songs they have learned this year so far for the Primary Children's Sacrament Meeting Presentation.

(There are lots of ways this can be done, but I think I will have the children sing the songs in the order we have learned them.)

After each song is sung choose a child to cut the ribbon and remove corresponding song tag. When you have sung all four songs remove the wrapping paper and reveal:

  SMARTIES candy for some very SMART kids!

We have over 100 children in our primary, so I will hand out one Smarties candy per child as they leave to go home, and hopefully avoid seeing any wrappers discarded on the floor. :/

Have fun!


  1. What a cute idea! Wow, 100? I am the chorister in our ward and I probably have 10 in the Junior and 10 in the Senior Primary... If I'm lucky. Haha fun ideas, keep 'em comin!

  2. This is such a great idea!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I am totally going to use it

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea. I think it's a great way/incentive to keep the children interested in singing the songs for the program! Hope my presidency will let me do this.. haha! Thanks again!

  4. What a grand idea, I like the fact that you are impressing on them how smart they are for knowing the songs. Sounds like so much fun, and isn't it all about the fun?!

  5. Fun idea....I have 108 just in Sr. primary and another 70 in Jr. How do you like them numbers? :) They'll love this, thanks!

  6. Sounds good. I have 6 children in my primary. At least I won't have to buy many sweets!

  7. Thanks for all the great comments! I thought my primary was huge, but wow Anonymous! 108 in Sr. alone!

  8. Those of you with small primary's should consider combining at least for singing time. We used to do it and it went great. It was good for the little kids to hear the big kids sing the words

  9. We combine both our Jr/Sr Sharing and Singing time and still average about 6 children a week. In Canada we call those candies Rockets our Smarties are chocolate with a hard candy coating. (a lot like M&M's) I love your idea and I'm going to do it next week.

  10. I do "Smarty Sunday" the last Sunday of each month. If the children have listened to my instruction and can sing that months song, they get a smarty. The children look forward to this and on the last Sunday they remind me before Sacrament meeting, "It's Smarty Sunday!"

  11. I also have over 100 kids in primary. It can be hard to give everyone a turn and very difficult to keep that many childrens attention all at once. But I love my calling. The best calling in the church! Thanks for all you ideas.