I’m in charge of singing time for approximately 40 kids ages 3-8 in my church every Sunday. And, because I’m a procrastinator, every Saturday night I’m always looking for easy games to play with the kids to keep them entertained and interested for 20 minutes. I just had to share some of my favorite, go to, singing time ideas that require little to NO EFFORT at all. The kids love these games and I think they would work great for anyone trying to entertain small children, either in school or just at home during the summer.
- Name that tune- Bring some dice. Give the pianist a list of songs in advance in the order you want to sing them. Let a child come to the front and roll the dice. Whatever number the dice lands on is the amount of notes the pianist plays of the song. Let the kids guess what song it is. If they don’t get it right away, add one or two notes. Whoever guesses the song gets to help lead the music.
- Spin a Kid- Bring an office chair that spins. Write the songs you want to sing on sheets of paper. Place a child in the chair and SLOWLY spin them. Whatever song they land in front of is the song you sing. (If you spin the kids too fast, they might tip over, so be careful!)
- Decision Maker- Download the Decision Maker App on your phone or tablet. Make a list of songs you want to sing on the app and let the kids spin the wheel to choose a song.
- Hot and Cold- Bring a small item to hide in the classroom. One child goes into the hall while another hides the item somewhere in the classroom. Bring the child from the hall back in the room. You choose the songs, and as the child looks for the item have the other children sing quietly if he/she is far away from the object, and louder if he/she is getting closer. Once they find the object they can help you lead the rest of the song. I also let them hide the object for the next person.
- Duck Duck Goose Singing- Great for review! Have one child quietly go around, touching each child on the head while singing a song you’re trying to learn. When they stop, everyone stops singing, and the person they land on has to finish the rest of the line or the next word in the song. If they get it right, it’s their turn to move around the room, if they get it wrong the first child keeps going until they find someone to get it right.
Are you in charge of singing time too? Please share your best ideas in the comments, so we can all continue to procrastinate! Jessica 🙂