The Primary theme for September was on missionary work. I was trying to come up with a fun way to help the kids understand the importance of spreading the gospel and finding Heavenly Father's lost sheep. At the same time I also wanted to review all of our songs for the program, as time is winding down.
What I did:
I created sheep with the songs from the program listed on the back of each one. I started out by reading the scripture that went with the theme, "This gospel shall be preached until every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people" D&C 133:37. A reverent child was invited to come up and pick a sheep off of the board. Two other children were then called up to be our "missionaries". The two missionaries were excused from the room for a moment while the first child hid the sheep. After the sheep was hidden, we started to sing the song that was on that sheep. The missionaries were invited back into the room. They had to stay together as missionaries always go out in pairs. As they got closer to the object we sang louder/further from the object, we sang quieter (same as the hot/cold game). We did this until the lost sheep was found.
We talked about how the missionaries throughout the world go about searching for the lost sheep the same way. They use the spirit to guide them to the sheep, just as we guided our missionaries to finding our lost sheep. This seemed to be a very effective activity and one that the kids wanted to do again in the future.