A Child’s Prayer – Simple Actions

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With these fun A Child’s Prayer Simple Actions, you’ll be able to easily teach the keywords of the song while adding in movement and making strong connections with the words all in one no-prep activity for singing time!

Using simple hand actions, like the ones I’ll show you below, is a wonderful way to use the a representation of words learning style for Junior Primary in a physical way!

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A Child's Prayer Simple Actions - Easy way to Teach A Child's Prayer in Primary Singing Time with these fun printable emoji action cards or just with your hands and some simple actions great for Primary Music Leaders

A Child’s Prayer Simple Actions

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How to Play:

Sing through A Child’s Prayer (flip chart here) before introducing the hand actions.

Using simple hand actions to teach a primary song

Tell the children you have some fun actions to help them remember the words of this song! Teach the first 3-4 signs. Say the words and show the actions and have the children repeat.

Sing through the first line with the actions. Then start over, and sing through the whole song with the actions to the first part.

Using simple hand actions to teach a primary song

Add 3-4 more signs and repeat, practice the new actions, the sequence of actions so far, and then singing through the song with all the actions.

Using simple hand actions to teach a primary song

Extension Ideas:

  • Ask the children for their simple action ideas and use them to represent the words!
  • Use the simple action codes below and scramble them up. Have the children help you match your action to the emoji cards!
  • Have the children try to “decode” your emoji action cards. What would this action look like? What phrase do you think it’s for?

Simple Actions for A Child’s Prayer:

Teach A Child's Prayer in Primary Singing Time with simple actions - printable emoji cards
  • Heavenly Father – Point a finger to heaven 🔼👆
  • There – Point over there to the right ▶👉
  • Hear – Cup hand behind your ear 👂+✋
  • Answer – Cup hand to the side of your mouth 👄+✋
  • Prayer – Fold arms or prayer hands 🙏
  • Heaven – Palm up blocking sun like a visor 🤚+😏
  • Far away – Spread two hands far apart ✋↔🤚
  • Close – Tuck arms in around you 👧👐
  • Pray – Fold arms or prayer hands 🙏
  • Heavenly Father – Point a finger to heaven 🔼👆
  • Remember – Fingers touching thumb, point to forehead 🧠🤏
  • Jesus – Point to palm ✋+👈
  • Long ago – Point finger to wrist like pointing to a watch 👇⌚
  • Come to me – Fingers scooping towards you signaling to come 👋
  • Prayer – Fold arms or prayer hands 🙏
  • Coming – Same signal as above – signal with fingers to “come” 👋
  • Thee – Point a finger to heaven 🔼👆
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A Child’s Prayer Simple Actions
Lesson Plan & Emoji Cards

I have a printable lesson plan (available below) that will make it easier for you to remember these simple actions and prepare for your singing time lesson! The printable includes a 1-page overview of the actions and how to play the activity.

A Child's Prayer Simple Actions printable lesson plan for singing time

Also included is 3 pages with fun and darling Emoji action cards! These can be used to show the order of the actions or to mix in as a fun extension activity, like listed above.

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For another fun singing time idea to teach this song, head over to see our A Child’s Prayer Cupid’s Shuffle!

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How did teaching A Child’s Prayer with these easy to learn and fun to use simple hand actions go in your Primary?

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