While preparing for this activity, I came up with a few different ideas that you could use if you decide to do this. While getting some information together, I thought it would be kind of fun if we made it like a movie theater. The children and their family received tickets when they entered the cultural hall and there was a concession stand with lots of goodies for them to purchase (not with real money).
Instead of using real money, I thought using Primary Bucks would be fun. They could earn these Primary Bucks by being reverent, answering questions, singing loudly, etc. Then we came across the problem of the children taking the money home and then loosing it. So, I made up 4 poster-boards with a pocket for each child. As they earned Primary Bucks they got to place their bucks into their pocket.
At the Talent Show we had the poster-boards taped onto a wall and had the children go and find their name and get their Primary Bucks. Then they could go and purchase something from the Concession Stand. They loved it!
Here is a picture of the Primary Bucks poster-boards.
At first I made some fancy little pockets, but that was very time consuming. I ended up just cutting some cardstock into squares and then glued each square to the posterboard, leaving the top of each square unglued. This was much faster and works great. I didn’t have any problems with any pockets falling off, and I only used a glue stick to glue the pockets on to the poster-boards.
I labeled each pocket with each child’s name. Throughout Primary they earn Primary Bucks (we had to set a limit to how much they can earn). When they are dismissed to class or after church, they come and put their ‘bucks’ in their pocket.
For our concession stand we had: Popcorn, Boxed candy, Capri Sun, and some little candy bars. We were going to try to rent a Popcorn Machine, but we decided it was out of our budget, that would have been so fun, but the kids still enjoyed the concession stand.
Having a concession stand is definitely more expensive than having people bring desserts to share, but if you have enough in your budget, the concession stand was alot fo fun.
Something else we did for this activity:
As the children and their families came in, they each received a ticket (like at the movies). We kept the stubs for each ticket, and throughout the Talent Show we had little giveaways throughout. This gives everyone a break to go and get more treats at the concession stand (so they aren’t going during a performance), and we were able to find the next few performers and had them get ready. I thought this would help things run smoothly and keep everyone entertained. It worked really well.
Here are some pictures from our Talent Show:
Our Concession Stand
The Stage: Our theme for the night was ‘You’re a Star!’
The Display tables
At the beginning of the Talent Show we shared the story of The Parable of the Talents. Our Primary President typed up a little skit, and some of the Primary Teachers acted it out for all of the children. At the end of the Talent Show I shared a little message with the children about using our Talents, and then I gave them a little bag of Chocolate Gold Coins. I found some really cute bags at a craft store to use for the Chocolate Coins. (I didn’t take a picture though, I’ll take one and post it later.)
This activity was really fun and not alot of work. The kids really enjoyed sharing their Talents.
Click Here to view my outline for our Primary Talent Show Quarterly Activity.