While visiting my brother's ward this week, I was asked to substitute in singing time. No problem, thought I, a piece of cake. I knew the primary was small and because it's cold here and the kids all wanted snow to go sledding I decided to do the snowball activity. I got white paper and some pens and I was ready to go. I walked into the primary room and stopped short. I had to take a picture because I really didn't believe. There were a total of 12 chairs set up. I was told this was a really optimistic number and that we probably wouldn't have more than 2 or 3. As it turned out they had 3 children, plus my 3 for a total of 6.
There is a real challenge in preparing for a primary that is large, and I have even worked in a small primary (10-15 kids) but this was really small. Knowing that every week each child would have multiple "turns" presents itself a new challenge, making it fun every week, knowing that the anticipation of whether or not the child will get chosen is gone. I had each child fill out two papers and make two snowballs, but it still wasn't enough songs. We had extra time so I taught Stand for the Right to them. It's a quick song and it was fun to do.
It's a lesson learned for me, I need to prepare some ideas for really small primaries, I have a feeling this isn't the only time I'll be substituting in their primary.