Friday, July 16, 2010

Primary Music Idea - "PIE"-O-Neer Day

Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked AND Walked AND Walked

I love Pioneer Day!  Even though we live on the East Coast we feel like we can celebrate this holiday in remembrance of those that crossed the Plains...Our Heritage!  I thought it might be fun to celebrate this holiday on Sunday since Pioneer Day falls next Saturday.  I'm going to use this idea for Primary Music Time, but some of you may choose to use it for Relief Society Hand-Outs or a Young Women's Lesson, etc...  Since I like CHERRY PIE...I thought it would be neat to have a PIE that the children could pick a piece of to choose which song we will sing.  I've made inserts for the pie boxes that have the songs for this year's Primary Program and some blank one's just in case you decide to highlight Pioneer Songs from the Children's Songbook.  You can find those in the Children's Songbook starting on page 214 ending on page 222.  I'm going to take a picture of the Pioneers, my Pioneer Bonnet, and my CHERRY PIE.  I thought I would start Music Time by showing and talking about a Pioneer Picture from the Gospel Art Kit.  Of course, I'll be wearing my Pioneer Bonnet.  Then, I'll pick a Primary Child that is sitting reverently to come and pull out a piece of PIE.  We'll open it up and SING!!! 


Add your favorite CHERRY PIE RECIPE in the box.

Fill the Cherry Pie Box with YUMMY CHERRY CANDIES!

Place your favorite PIONEER STORY in the Cherry Pie Box.

Place LESSON QUESTIONS in the box for Children/Youth in your class to read.

Have some mini PIE samples for after lesson...YUMMY!


Here's a cute CHERRY PIE RECIPE that I found on-line that looks fabulous.  Enjoy!

Buy 2 Refrigerated Pie Dough or Make Your Own
One Can Pie Filling (Cherry, of course)
2 T Butter, Melted
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar

Preheat oven according to pie crust recipe.

Roll out your pie crust so it's just think enough to hold together and cover the muffin hole.  Using a cookie cutter, or a cup with about a 3 1/2 inch diameter, cut out circles of dough.

Place each dough circle center in one of the mini-muffin tin wells.  The edge should overhand a little.  Gently roll the edge down with your fingers and them crimp it so it looks pretty.

Fill each mini pie a little over half full with filling.  Don't go crazy and fill them to the top.  Catastrophic things happen!

Next, you'll need your cute little stars.  My star cutter is about 2'' across and it was the perfect size.  If you can't find a cookie cutter you could always print out a stencil and cut the stars with a knife.  You'd have to want these pretty bad though to go through that effort. 

Dip your stars (both sides) in butter and then dredge in the sugar.  Make sure to lick your fingers after the sugar starts piling up and making buttery sugar globs on your hands. 

Place a star on top of each little pie.  It's okay if it sink down, it will puff up when it bakes.

You can serve them warm or at room temp.  And they can definitely be made hours ahead of time.

2 pie crusts should be plenty to do 24 mini-pies.  Depending on the recipe or brand of crust you use, you may be able to get closer to 30.

If you would like the PIE TEMPLATE and Music Papers for inside the box....please comment here or email me at  Don't forget your email address!

Have a HAPPY "PIE"-O-Neer Day!!!!!!!!!!!


Amy said...

Hey Jennifer,
Is that pioneer picture from the GAK?

Carter's Creations said...

Hey Jennifer,

I love this! I was going to do Wagons and Ox Carts, but this is so much more creative! Would you please send me the PDF? Thanks!

Stacy Carter

Amy said...

I'm not sure if I should have emailed you or put it here, so just in case I am doing both: I would love the templates at

Amber Omer said...

You have such wonderful ideas! I would love the templates as well!


Misty said...

Love, love that cute cherry pie! I'd LOVE the template for that!

creativeitchblog AT gmail DOT com

andidaniels said...

Oh this is so clever. I have been racking my brains for weeks trying to come up with something original for pioneer day. I know it's not original if I use your idea, but I would love this file if you don't mind. I don't know what I would do without your blog and amazing ideas!

Thanks again so much,

Loni Daniels said...

could I get an email for the pie template? Thanks!

Bonnie said...

Always sooo cute! I would love this file also!!

Fabíola Rodrigues said...

Jennifer que idéia fantástica.. por favor me envia uma cópia.

Anonymous said...

this is so smart! such a creative, cute idea. i will be using this for sure!