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Around the World: Music and Prayers for Children's Choir

Around the World: Music and Prayers for Children's Choir

Several years ago, I planned an “Around the World” theme for my children's choir (1st-8th grade), incorporating music, dance, and singing games from different countries.

I've had lots of questions since then about music selection, hymns, prayers, and resources, so I thought I'd put together a more complete planning guide for those of you looking to do something similar with your group.

In this post, you'll find songs, hymns, singing games, and prayers in Spanish (Spain, Mexico, Argentina), French, German, Hebrew, African (Ghana, Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa), and English (Great Britain, Scotland, and Ireland). I'm also including a few relevant Scripture verses and ideas for tying in a mission focus.

Here are some of my favorite resources for an "Around the World" theme for children's choir:

UMH = United Methodist Hymnal
NCH = New Century Hymnal
GTG = Glory to God Hymnal (Presbyterian)

"Around the World" Piano Theme

"Around the World" Piano Theme

One of my favorite ways to prepare for the new teaching year (or new semester) is choosing a theme and gathering inspiration. Last year, I spent some time planning an "Around the World" theme for my young piano students (inspired by a children's choir curriculum I created a few years ago). So fun! See my inspiration board here.

Pack your bags and join us for an exciting musical journey around the world! This year, students will discover new skills and musical concepts, hear and play new music, and experience the language of music in a rich environment. At the end of the year, children will have suitcases full of new skills and experiences from their musical travels!

Around the World: The Party

Remember those “around the world” party inspiration posts I wrote a few weeks ago?  Well, we had our end-of-the-year children’s choir party (international theme) last week and it was so much fun!  First of all, here’s how the invitation turned out.  Isn’t it adorable?! dual

I created flags as visuals for each of the countries we “visited” this year so I decided to string them together and use them as part of the decorations.  So colorful!

flags

Dinner was homemade pizza made to look like flags from around the world.  Each family brought colorful toppings: onion, pineapple, banana peppers, basil, spinach, green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, pepperoni, red pepper, and olives.

toppings

making pizza

The finished products (of nine pizzas total): Italy, Ghana, and Canada!

italy

ghana

canada

We played a team game where all attendees (age 4 to adult!) could participate (a spin-off of a marble game from Israel).  I had a few musical games prepared but we ran out of time – we were having that much fun!

Previously: Around the World: The Food Around the World: The Decorations Around the World: The Invitations

Around the World: The Invitations

This year, I planned an "Around the World" theme for my children's choir (1st-8th grade). As we approach the end of the choir year, I am planning an International Night/end-of-the-year party to celebrate our journey around the world!  Today’s post is all about the invitations. I came across these images from Seven Swans Wedding Stationery a while ago and I held onto them because they were so perfect for this year’s choir theme!  I decided to make postcard invitations for our end-of-the-year party.  I recreated the map and plane trails with the places we’ve been this year, leaving the back free for date/time details, what to bring, etc.

I love this wrap-around label inspired by airmail envelopes.  I modified it a little by creating a smaller size box on the back of the postcard to fill in each child’s name.  I thought it might be best to hand them out in choir rather than mailing them – that way, I can be sure that every child receives one.  Here is what I created:

postcard graphic

I love how they turned out!  I can’t wait to see what they look like in print!

Read More: Around the World: The Food Around the World: The Decorations Around the World: The Party

Around the World: The Decorations

This year, I planned an "Around the World" theme for my children's choir (1st-8th grade). As we approach the end of the choir year, I am planning an International Night/end-of-the-year party to celebrate!  Today, I’m sharing my inspiration for the decorations. As a visual aid for the kids during the year, I made an 8.5″x11″ paper flag of each place that we visited, leaving me with 8+ flags to use for decorating at this party!  I like this idea of hanging them behind one of the food tables but I’m also considering stringing them together to make some colorful bunting.

flags

I think a colorful bunting would bring the whole room to life.  Bunting (in some fashion) is a must.

Everyone knows drinking with a straw make your drink way more fun.  How about some striped (color-appropriate!) ones like these?

Lastly, it wouldn’t be a party without some type of favor!  I’m still trying to decide what will be best.  A flag key chain?  A sweet treat?  An iTunes download?  The possibilities are endless!  I've seen mini paper bags made from recycled maps – perfect for giving away a prize at the end of the night!

Read more: Around the World: The Food Around the World: The Invitations Around the World: The Party

Around the World: The Food

This year, I planned an "Around the World" theme for my children's choir (1st-8th grade). As we approach the end of the choir year, I am planning an International Night/end-of-the-year party to celebrate!  Today's post is all about the food. There are lots of resources out there for creating colorful, party-friendly plates that represent flags from around the world.  Since that was the basis for my visual inspiration for the year, it worked out perfectly!  Many everyday food items are colorful by nature and with a little bit of creative presentation, the theme will come alive.

italy

To make this relatively easy and kid-friendly, we decided to make homemade pizzas look like flags with green, red, and orange vegetables (think peppers, tomatoes, basil leaves, and pepperoni).  This way, everyone can bring a topping to share and the kids can have a hand in putting everything together.  Also, any topping leftovers can be used as a pre-dinner snack!

For dessert, there are always several options to choose from.  From cupcakes to cookies to fruit trays, the sky is the limit! I love the idea of sending a decorated cookie (like these) or a world lollipop home with each child as a favor.  What do you think?

Read more: Around the World: The Invitations Around the World: The Decorations Around the World: The Party