This idea is a combination of ideas borrowed from The Crazy Chorister's Wagon Wheel of Fortune and from The Children's Sing here, and here, and here.
Yesterday I was at my local dollar store, Dollar Tree, and saw this:
Follow the Prophet posters. Ugh.) I snatched up a few of them. I'm thinking of going back to get a few more!
So here's my finished Pioneer Wagon Wheel of Fortune with assembly and game instructions:
Next I removed the plastic spinner from the Dollar Tree spin board, and put it on the hole I made. The spinner simply pulls apart into 2 pieces, so one part goes on the front side and one goes on the back to secure it.
UPDATE: My local Ship 'n Copy store, where I get my lamination done, does not laminate foam board.
No matter, contact paper will do just fine.
to stick the images on the wheel, and change them around at will. Also, because the wheel will be laminated, a dry erase marker can be used to write or draw anything in the wheel spaces.
Here are two different versions of clip art for the game:
Print the phrase "Wagon Wheel of Fortune" on colored card stock, then cut out the individual letters and tape them to the board before laminating the board.
Print the pictures on white card stock and then cut them out. Laminate, and then cut them out again.
Pioneer Wagon Wheel of Fortune
You will need:
- Pioneer Wagon Wheel of Fortune foam board and pictures.
- Pioneer clothes for boys and girls (I have bonnets, skirts and aprons for the girls; straw hats, cowboy boots and neckerchief/bandanna for the boys.)
- List of pioneer songs (I am going to write this list on the whiteboard and have the child who spins choose a song from the white board either before or after spinning. Then we will erase that song from the white board.
Here's my list of songs:
Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked Children's Songbook 214
Little Pioneer Children Children's Songbook 216
To Be a Pioneer Children's Songbook 218
The Oxcart Children's Songbook 219
The Handcart Song Children's Songbook 220
Here We Are Together ("...we're crossing the plains"...) Children's Songbook 261 (Pick 4 children to come to the front and be named in this song, and dress them in pioneer clothing.)
Fun to Do (Pushing the handcart, gathering wood, building a fire, etc.) Children's Songbook 253
For Health and Strength (because pioneer children were very grateful for health and strength and daily food!) Children's Songbook 20
When We're Helping (Because pioneer children helped their parents all day long.) Children's Songbook 198
Come, Come, Ye Saints (Hymns, 30)
- Select 6 of the graphics and use Blu Tack to adhere them to the wagon wheel spaces.
- Explain: "When the Pioneers were traveling across the prairies, plains, deserts, and mountains to reach the Salt Lake Valley, they encountered many adventures! We are going to sings songs today that teach us about their journeys. First we will spin the spinner on the wagon wheel. The spinner will land on a picture of one of their adventures, and I will explain how we will sing the pioneer song."
- Select a child to spin the spinner.
- Sing the pioneer song according to the graphic where the spinner stops:
- Ox - sing very slowly "Teams of oxen were used to pull heavy wagons. Oxen are very slow animals, but because they are stronger than horses or mules, many pioneers used them to pull their heavy wagons."
- bunny rabbit - sing very fast "Rabbits were seen along the pioneer trail. Rabbits are FAST and hard to catch!"
- pioneer girl - only girls sing (Put girl pioneer clothes on a girl) "These are some of the things pioneer girls would wear."
- pioneer boy - only boys sing (Put boy pioneer clothes on a boy) "These are some of the things pioneer boys would wear."
- cowboy boot - sing western style "Lots of pioneer boys and girls your age were real cowboys and cowgirls! They drove cows and other animals all by themselves along the pioneer trek!"
- snake - sing very quietly "Yes, there were rattlesnakes! If the pioneers encountered a rattlesnake it was best to be very quiet and not disturb it!"
- Native American child - children trade seats during one phrase of the song "There were many, many encounters with Indians along the trails. "Pioneers would 'TRADE' some of their precious items (jewlery, dishes, toys, furniture) for much needed food, or furs and blankets to keep warm."
- ax and chopped wood - sing "choppy" (staccato) "Children had the job of collecting firewood for campfires. When there were no trees for wood, they would collect sagebrush or buffalo dung to burn in their campfires! Eeewwww!"
- beehive and bee - if the child holds this picture up high in the air, everyone hums. When the child hides the picture, everyone sings the words. "The Pioneers wanted to call their new home 'Deseret', which meant 'honey bee' in the Jaredite language in the Book of Mormon. The honey bee was symbolic for how industrious or 'busy' the pioneers were, just like bees!"
- ant - children stomp to the beat "Sometimes insects, like ants, invaded the pioneer camps. Pioneers had to stomp to get the ants off their bodies! Yikes!"
- cow - a child leaves the room. Someone hides the cow in the room. Child returns and the rest of the children sing loud when he/she is close to the cow, and softly when he/she is not close. "If a cow wandered away from the pioneer camps, sometimes children your age had to search for them and bring them back to the camp."
- mountains - echo sing: divide the children in two and have the first group sing a phrase of the song, while the second group echoes them. (Have the pianist play each phrase twice throughout the entire song.) "When the pioneers finally reached the mountains they discovered some places in canyons, between two mountains, that would echo anything they said or sang!"
Happy Pioneer Day!