Hey y’all! It’s Mary from the Little LDS Ideas Creative Team back with more free printables. Today I am sharing a fun Feliz Cumpleaños Singing Time Idea, with printables, to teach your primary the birthday song, “Feliz Cumpleaños.”
If you’re still preparing for your program, I’ve got you covered with these ideas: Missionary Primary Program Review and Back-to-School Primary Program Review. But, if your Primary already rocked their program and you have these blissful few months of free reign, why not use the time to learn a fun new birthday song like “Feliz Cumpleaños”?
This Singing Time idea is so simple, but the kids love it! To prepare, print and cut out the birthday banner. Use a hole punch to create two holes in the top corners of each piece, then feed a string through those holes to create your banner!
You’ll also need to print out the flipchart. Familiarize yourself with the pronunciations of the different languages by listening to the song in the LDS music library or type the different phrases into Google Translate, change the language to Spanish, Korean, Samoan, etc. and listen to the pronunciation there. Remember that the kids won’t know if you’re butchering it, so don’t worry if it’s not perfect 😉
On Sunday, hang up the birthday banner on the whiteboard and tell the kids that you’re going to celebrate birthdays today. When I taught this lesson, I brought party hats I bought from the dollar store, too! You could really go all out and get balloons if you want! Make it a party!
Go through the flipchart line by line a few times with the kids. When they have a basic grasp of the words, you can start your party! Choose kids at random to be the birthday boy or girl. They get to come up to the front and stand under the birthday banner while the whole primary sings to them like it’s their birthday! They love being the center of attention and they think it’s fun and silly to pretend it’s their birthday!
If your primary picks up on the song quickly, you could ask each birthday boy/girl to choose their favorite primary song. You could sing that in addition to “Feliz Cumpleaños” to mix it up a bit.
Do you have a lot of return missionaries, immigrants, or others who speak foreign languages in your ward? I bet they would love to come teach the primary kids how to pronounce “Happy birthday” in the language they spoke! The song includes Spanish, German, Norwegian, Samoan, Japanese, and Korean. It might be fun to extend that and learn how to say “Happy Birthday” in French, Portuguese, or any other language!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you’re able to use my Feliz Cumpleaños Singing Time Idea and Printables to have some fun with your primary! If you do, I’d love to hear how it went! Come back and tell us!