Thursday, June 17, 2010

Boppin' Pop

This Sunday is going to be very, very fun in the Lyman 3rd Ward Primary. Being Father's Day, and because the children have learned the The Holy Ghost and its ASL signs so quickly, I have decided to just have a fun day of singing with the dads. We will sing The Holy Ghost as our reverence song, and we will review all the program songs next Sunday, since it's the last week of the month.

I am going to invite 3-4 four dads to come into Junior Primary, and 3-4 more to come into Senior Primary. I will have chairs in the front, facing the children, for the dads to sit on.

I made these choosing ties:
 Here's the PDF if you would like to print them:

Father's Day Ties.pdf

I printed them out on white card stock and had them laminated, so I can use a dry erase marker to write the name of a primary song on the back. Use magnets to put the ties on the white/chalk board. Have a child come up and choose a tie then sing the song written on the back.

Boppin' Pop

How to Play:

The children will get a kick out of this, so I am going to explain to them, that although it might be funny and it's okay to laugh, I will pick a very reverent child to be the next Pop Bopper.

I will begin by showing the children the ties on the whiteboard and explain that there is a fun song written on the back of each tie. There are either "action" songs or "boppin'" songs.

When an "action" song is chosen, the dads will sing them with us and do the actions with us.

When a "boppin"' song is chosen, the dad's get to be bopped! Wait until the first "boppin'" song is chosen and then explain how "boppin'" works:

When the dads are bopped (gently of course) on the top of their heads they should open their mouths wide and shut them again, only once for each bop. They should be looking straight ahead, blankly.

You be the first "bopper" to show the children how it is done. Start the song with the children singing, and, as if you are playing the xylophone, gently bop the dads on the tops of their heads with each syllable of the song.

I got this idea from this youtube video. It takes a long time to get to the "bopping" part on the video because the first part is so funny. But it gives the general idea. He finally starts giving the instructions at about the 6:40 minute mark:

Boppin' Songs:

Hello Song (Children's Songbook p. 260)
The Wise Man and the Fooliosh Man (Children's Songbook p. 281)
Book of Mormon Stories (Children's Songbook p. 118)
Nephi's Courage (Children's Songbook p. 120)
We'll Bring the World His Truth (Children's Songbook p. 172)
Jesus Want's Me for a Sunbeam (Children's Songbook p. 60)
Follow the Prophet (Children's Songbook p. 110) For this song I will have each Dad choose one prophet poster to wear and we will sing the corresponding verses, while the dad wears the poster and we play the game.

Action Songs:
Smiles (Children's Songbook p. 247)
If You're Happy (Children's Songbook p. 266)
Do As I'm Doing (Children Songbook p. 276) For Do As I'm Doing, I use these:
They are from Divine Secrets of a Primary Chorister, and she has something like 20 different actions that are really cute. Click here to print your own set. I use these quite a lot. I have printed them on white card stock, cut them out and then had them laminated. For this Sunday, I will flip them upside down and have each dad choose one at random. Then we will sing Do As I'm Doing, following the dad and whatever action he has chosen.


You will need one of these water noodles:
I have seen them at the dollar store we have here in town, and also at K-mart and Walmart.

Cut the water noodle so you have two lengths about 20-24 inches long. You just need two, so you will have a little extra for something else.

I plan on giving the participating dads a bottle of "pop" as a thank you for their help. Something like this:
 Or this:
You can print out your own "Top Pop" label at 2CleverBlog. Its FANTASTIC!

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Have fun!


  1. Lyman huh? It is such a small world in the church. I grew up in Hibbard. My parents, siblings and relatives are scattered all around you. Your landscape is beloved to me and I hope you enjoy the lilacs this time of year. I also hope your primary kids have fun today. :O)

  2. Wow, yes it is a small world! I am enjoying my lilacs, actually. I think they are a little late this year due to the cold spring we've had. Perhaps I know some of your family? Email me @

  3. Thanks for the ties! I used them on Father's Day.

  4. This is AMAZING!! Thanks for the idea. I can't wait to do this next week!

  5. This is hysterical. We are most definitely doing it tomorrow. I may get released next week, but it will be worth it! Thanks so much!