“It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!”
Today in singing time we played around with different textures while taking notice of how our primary music makes us FEEL. Here’s the version I put together for a “Feel the Music” lesson:
Introduce the theme with a fuzzy warm blanket, discussing what makes them feel warm & fuzzy both physically (“hot chocolate!”, “my dog who licks my face”, “my bed”) and emotionally/spiritually (“the Holy Ghost”, “when I do nice things”). I knew the connection between physical feeling and emotional/spiritual feeling would be a bit abstract for the younger ones, but they caught onto it by the end of singing time.
Explain that our goal in the primary program is to give the listeners that same warm & fuzzy feeling of being wrapped in a cozy blanket, a feeling which comes from the Spirit. Our songs have the power to affect how other people FEEL!
To choose a song to practice, pull out the… (drum roll please)... MYSTERY BOX! During the discussion, I kept my mystery box hiding under the fuzzy blanket, so I had fun revealing the box with a suspenseful magician’s swipe (a.k.a. pulling off the blanket in the most dramatic way possible).
Have a helper come feel for an object in the mystery box, describe how it feels, and guess the object. Each object corresponds to a song. Here were a few of mine:
Hammer – Build an Ark
Envelope – He Sent His Son
Bird decoration (supposed to be a dove) – The Holy Ghost
Shoe – Come Follow Me
Sing the song together and then ask how that particular song made them feel inside and what it means to them. Most answers you’ll get are probably “happy” or “warm & fuzzy”. You may be surprised, though, with their insights. One girl blew my socks off with her comparison of the Q&A format of He Sent His Son to the questions in our hearts that are answered by the Holy Ghost, and the questions the audience might have that are answered by the songs we sing in the Primary Program.
To add a silly touch, I put on a fuzzy article of clothing each time the kids made me feel warm & fuzzy from their singing or insights. By the end, I was wearing rainbow-colored socks, super soft mittens, two scarves, and a pair of crocheted yarn slippers. What can I say? I love dressing up.