I have wanted to do something really fun for Pioneer Day, especially since Pioneer Day falls on Sunday this year. I wanted to do something different than reviewing all our program songs, "pioneer style". Something new and refreshing! Something where the children can move around a little, and just have fun singing. Hey, the pioneers had fun, too!
This activity, however, just might get me released early. I can hear it now...You won't believe what that CrAzY Sister Patterson did in primary today... LOL! Oh, well. I was told last Sunday that my days are numbered. Four weeks ago we had a changing of the primary presidency. I have been the chorister for four years (this will be my 5th program!), and the new counselor over me wanted me to know last Sunday that I'll be released after this year's program, and hoped I didn't mind staying in that long. I wanted to cry. Now I have to mourn over leaving the children for three more long months! It's going to be hard for me.
Any-hooooo...*wiping away the tears*
Pioneer Cattle Drive
Quickly review these songs (or songs of your choice). I plan on having my pianist play through the song while I speak the words, then have the children join in and sing with me the second time through.
- The Handcart Song
- Pioneer Children Sang as they Walked
- The Oxcart
- Little Pioneer Children
- To Be a Pioneer
On the strips of paper:
- Whenever the word "Pioneer" or "Pioneers" is sung in a song, exclaim in an inside church voice, "YeeeeeeHaaaaaw!" and swing your pretend lasso.
- Whenever the word Handcart, Oxcart, or Cart is sung, cry out mournfully and dramatically, "OOOOOHHHHH!"
- Whenever Sister Patterson (me) says "OK", stand up and curtsey (girls) or bow (boys).*
- Whenever anyone in the room curtseys or bows, clap to the rhythm of the song 16 times.
- Whenever another class exclaims "YeeeeeeHaaaaaw!", turn to them, put your finger to your lips and loudly "SHHHHHHHHH!" them.
- When anyone cries out mournfully, "OOOOOHHHHH!", stand up, wag your finger and say "Noooo whining!"
- Whenever there's "marching" or "walking" (actions or words) in a song, stand up and freeze like a marching statue until that part of the song has past, then sit down.
- For the Primary Presidency: Whenever a song is sung slowly, "Moo-ooo" like a herd of cattle.**
After the classes have had a chance to talk about their instructions together, call them to order and explain that you will now be singing all the pioneer songs you have already rehearsed again, but this time, each class must follow the specific instructions they were given on their slips of paper, during the songs. "Ready then? OK!"
When you are finished singing all the songs, ask the children if they can guess what everyone else's actions were, and why they did them.
I plan on passing out hymn books and closing this activity with the song, Come Come Ye Saints.
*As the chorister, be sure to say "OK" plenty of times!
**Don't forget to slow down some of the quick songs in the middle, so you can get some extra mooing from the Primary Presidency in!