Since I am leaving for Spring Break, I needed to prepare something quick and easy for my substitute for Primary Music this Sunday. I decided that a game that would help to prepare the kids for General Conference would be just the thing! This game is simple and easy and is only limited by your imagination. It can be used for a great singing time game or for a sharing time.
First, you will need to obtain individual pictures of the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. I found some great pictures at the Jolly Jenn site. I have provided a link for you at the bottom of this article for your convenience. You will want to print these pictures out and if you are looking for longevity, I would suggest laminating them after mounting them on colored cardstock paper.
This is a pick and choose activity game. You can set it up in a few different ways—your choice. One way would be to place the pictures on the chalkboard in the correct order and then choose children to come up and choose one, singing the song on the back.
Another way would be to tape the pictures around the room and then choose a child to pick one and bring it to you. Then you would sing the song on the back.
Another way would be to place the pictures around the room and have the kids choose the one to place in the correct order of seniority, starting with the First Presidency. And then sing the song on the back.
If you don’t want to prepare a list of songs to sing, you could always just ignore the songs on the backs of the pictures and let the kids choose their favorite Primary song or Hymn.
Another game would be to print another set of pictures and play a matching game. This could be done where you place all of the pictures face down on the board and the children try to find two matches. You could then sing a song or review a song that you need to work on.
Another idea would be to find information about each of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and share these facts with the children. You could do this in a "Did you know..." manner or a "Who am I?" manner. There is a lot of information available at the LDS.org website. Try searching the past issues of the church magazines to find even more facts and interesting tidbits. I don't have time to do this right now, but I will be compiling a list of information prior to the next General Conference in October, and will share my findings then.
Make sure that you explain that there are only 11 Apostles right now and that we will be getting a new one in conference next week. This is due to the passing away of Elder Wirthlin. Tell them that you will ask them who the new Apostle is when you meet next time. That might encourage them to watch a little more closely. Then be sure that you remember to follow up and ask.
Here is a list of the Brethren in order of seniority for your convenience:
Thomas S. Monson, President
Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor
Boyd K. Packer
L. Tom Perry
Russell M. Nelson
Dallin H. Oaks
M. Russell Ballard
Richard G. Scott
Robert D. Hales
Jeffrey R. Holland
David A. Bednar
Quentin L. Cook
D. Todd Christofferson