Last year I printed off a flipchart, but this year I found a fabulous idea that I'm using for the 1st verse. It's a seed puppet and it's so cute! Laurie McBride shares her idea on Sugardoodle explained in detail. But where I first saw the idea was on the blog Singing Time Saver. She has pictures on there of her puppet which I really liked, but I wanted to make a few changes. So here's my version of the "Seed Puppet".
Side 1 - Awake seed
Side 2 - Asleep eyes
When it's "sleeping" you fold your fingers over so that the sleepy eyes are over the awake ones like this:
(hint: make sure your marker is dry before you do the other side, or do flower first so that you don't get ugly marker stains on your felt like mine did!)
Then the seed "awakes" to side 1 by just opening your hand.
After the seed has seen "the day is bright", on the phrase "with all your might" I turn the puppet inside out on my hand and show "the flower" side for "push upward to the light".
It only takes a few times practicing to get the hang of it. The Jr. Primary was crazy about it! I was a little worried about the Sr. Primary but decided to try it because it's creator, Laurie said even her Sr. Primary liked it. So I did, and while all I got from the older boys was some interest (that's something!), the girls were all saying, "again! again!". :) Success!!!
After we'd done it several times with the puppet, I went back to the flipchart because that's what I plan to use in Sacrament Meeting, but they seemed to remember it a lot better!