Baptism Rhythm Partners

This past week, we had fun getting everyone up and working together with Baptism Rhythm partners while they practice either the simple or challenge rhythm patterns with a partner while singing the Baptism song.

I’ve included three different patterns here, so you can adjust the challenge to meet your Primary’s age and abilities.

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Baptism Rhythm Partners

I like to start by singing the song through once, before we begin any other activities.

Next, I’ll usually demonstrate the pattern one time through while we sing through the song again, or if short on time I’ll show them the pattern while singing the first line or two of the song. Ask the children if they think they can mimic your pattern.

You can start with the simple solo pattern first, to help the kids (especially Junior primary) start to feel the rhythm of the song. You can then tell the children to find a partner and demonstrate the next pattern.

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In Senior Primary, you can tell the children if they want a CHALLENGE pattern, they can try this next rhythm pattern, or they can simply continue with the last pattern you tried.

You can add lots or repetition by having them find a new buddy to partner with or by having them join partnerships to make groups of 4 and try the challenge again!

Baptism Partner Rhythm Patterns

Solo Rhythm Pattern: 

  • Clap hands on lap (either alternating hands or with both hands) for two beats
  • Clap hands together twice

Simple Partners Rhythm Pattern: 

  • One child keeps both hands down, the other claps their partners hands twice
  • Both children clap straight across to each other twice
Baptism Body Rhythm Partners patterns free printable lesson plan for Primary Singing Time music leaders teaching Baptism song!

Challenge Partners Rhythm Pattern: 

  • Right hands up / Left hands down – clap with partner
  • Left hands up / Right hands down – clap with partner
  • Clap both hands straight across to partner
  • Flip hands backwards and clap “flap” (clapping the back of your hand with knuckles facing each other
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Printable Baptism Rhythm Partners Patterns

I have created a printable 1-sheet with the 3 patterns to help you remember and utilize them in Primary!

Baptism Body Rhythm Partners patterns free printable lesson plan for Primary Singing Time music leaders teaching Baptism song!

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LDS Baptism Song - Body Rhythm Partners patterns free printable lesson plan for Primary Singing Time! Easy idea to teach Baptism song.

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