Baptism Picture the River

Visualization is such a great way for the kids to really relate to the story of Jesus’ baptism! This Baptism Picture the River activity and lesson plan will encourage the children to try to put themselves there by the river side picturing what that place was like and what feelings Christ may have felt.

Bring in a few simple objects and help the visual and hands-on learners really engage with the Baptism song.

** See 20 Baptism Song Singing Time Ideas here **

Baptism Song - Picture the River lesson plan and activity for Primary Singing Time music leaders and for home Come, Follow Me study for LDS families!

Baptism Picture the River

Objects to Bring:

– Cup of water or a water bottle and a wash cloth
– Small plant, leaves, or grass
– Sound clip of a river or birds
– Fresh laundry scent, like a dryer sheet

Picture the River Activity:

Start with singing the Baptism song.

Ask the children what they think it might have been like for Jesus when he got baptized.

Lead the children to sing through the song again and ask them this time to picture and try to visualize the Jordan river and what happened there.

Ask the children what they pictured – what images did they visualize?

Baptism Picture the River lesson plan and activity for Primary Singing Time music leaders and for home Come, Follow Me study for LDS families and music leaders teaching this song

As you talk about different elements of a river, you can bring and show objects from the scene. Post the picture included here or your own from the Gospel art kit. What do they specifically notice about the setting?

– Who is baptizing Jesus?
– Who else might have been there?
– What do you think the water felt like?
– What different sounds might there have been?

Show different objects to help the children really picture the scene and help the Baptism story come to life. Bring in some cold water and wash cloth to help the children feel cold water on their hands and imagine what a cold baptism may have felt like.

Bring in a sound clip of birds to help set the scene. Another object I plan to bring is a dryer sheet to demonstrate how clean we feel after we are baptized!

Extension Ideas:

– Have the children draw the river scene on the whiteboard. You can add one element at a time, or have them draw a little bit of the scene each time you sing through the song.

– Ask for the children to share their Baptism experiences / stories.

– Take a “field trip” to see the Baptismal font in your ward building. You’ll need to make prior arrangements to make sure the room is available and can be opened for you. Talk about the contrast to the river and our modern baptismal fonts.

– Ask a series of questions about their senses. Ask each questions and have the children think about the question while they sing, then take answers!

  • What does it LOOK like?
  • What might it SMELL like?
  • What things might you have HEARD?
  • What do you think Jesus might have TASTED?
  • What do you think it FELT like? (Tie in both physical and spiritual feelings!)
Baptism Picture the River Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders my heavenly father loves me senses

For another spin on diving deep into the scene of the song, see this fun My Heavenly Father Loves Me Matching Senses singing time idea.

Baptism Picture the River Singing Time Lesson Plan Printable

This 2-page Baptism Picture the River printable includes an overview of the lesson plan included here so you can easily file away this idea to use it when you’re ready and in future years!

Baptism Picture the River lesson plan and activity for Primary Singing Time music leaders and for home Come, Follow Me study for LDS families and music leaders teaching this song

It also includes a picture of Christ being baptized from the LDS.org Media Library bible videos. This is just one of a series of Baptism song activity ideas, make sure you head over to see them all!

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What other objects might you bring to help the children picture the Savior’s baptism?

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