Get started teaching with these Search Ponder and Pray singing time ideas that will help make it a cinch!
Search, Ponder and Pray is my song pick for November. I love this song and feel it really speaks to the message this year with the new Come, Follow Me manual to really study and ponder the scriptures, instead of just read them.
With this being part of or focus this year, I started teaching Search, Ponder and Pray in January!
I rotate my program songs all year with a couple songs as the focus each month, which gives us tons of time to learn all the songs and no real “review” needed since they stay fresh in our minds!
15 Search Ponder and Pray Singing Time Ideas
A perfect first resource to start with, make sure you grab our Search Ponder and Pray flip chart! It can help you as needed introduce the song, and then let’s jump right into these fun lesson plans with ease.
1. Search Ponder and Pray – Directional Marching
Throw in some movement with a fun arrow to help direct the kids marching around the room! You’ll go a’searching with this movement idea!
Start off first by marching in place through the song.
Now, switch and try marching turning right after each line of the song. (There are 4 lines for each verse and 4 lines for the chorus, so you’ll end up facing the front).
Now, try marching around the room in one big circle with everyone marching together. For fun, you can also let a child help lead the directions and switch which way you march, as everyone marches to the right or to the left!
Head over to our We’ll Bring the World His Truth Directional Marching lesson plan to grab the free printable arrow and see more ways to use this idea.
2. Search Ponder and Pray – Melody Chart
Showcase the melody for Search, Ponder, and Pray with this engaging Melody Chart! Each note is represented with colors to help draw logical conclusions. See how the notes move through the song and look for patterns, too.
3. Search Ponder and Pray – Guest Performance
A great way to add a meaningful experience with Search Ponder and Pray in your Primary is to invite a guest (or a group) to come in and sing the song to your Primary.
You could ask the Young Women or the Young Men or have a sister or two come in! The kids will love the change of pace and give them motivation to sing the song just like the guest that they know and love.
4. Search Ponder and Pray – Scripture Hunt
This one is fun and unique and will get the kids personally invested in the song and activity! You’ll go on a “bear hunt” which we’ll call a scripture hunt again. In this Search Ponder and Pray Scripture Hunt you’ll play a unique version of that classic song with a fun twist just for Primary!
5. Search Ponder and Pray – Action Words
Depict Search Ponder and Pray through simple actions to help them learn and remember the words! You can even use a printable chart of simple icons to represent the actions to help your visual learners remember what’s next!
6. Search Ponder and Pray – Team Patterns
The kids will love getting hands on and taking charge of the lesson with this fun Search Ponder and Pray Team Patterns singing time activity!
Just break the kids into two groups and let one side come up with a paper plates pattern and the other side come up with a sand blocks pattern – then teach the other side and sign and follow along with 2 fun and unique patterns!
7. Search Ponder and Pray – Picture Swap
This fun game will have the kids pick any 2 pictures to swap, and rearrange the out of order picture cards until they’re all back in the correct order! Includes several fun ways to use this Search Ponder and Pray Picture Swap activity.
8. Search Ponder and Pray – Word Search
I think a fun Search Ponder and Pray Word Search is just the perfect activity to use to correlate with the lyrics of this song! Can they find some of the words from this song hidden in the word search?
You can then add in a fun action for any “found” words or skip singing them!
9. Search Ponder and Pray – Feel the Spirit
The kids will love getting hands on with this spiritual connection lesson plan that also dives into using their senses and making thoughtful connections with everyday objects to relate how we Feel the Spirit as you teach Search Ponder and Pray!
10. Search Ponder and Pray – Crossword Puzzle
For a great challenge the Primary kids will love, use this Search Ponder and Pray Crossword Puzzle! You’ll use the clues and the song lyrics to help decode all the missing words in this crossword puzzle while adding in lots of song repetition with purpose!
11. Search Ponder and Pray – Song Story
I love using song stories to introduce a song for the first time or to just add a meaningful experience with the song the kids don’t quickly forget. You can see this sweet Search Ponder and Pray Song Story on Teaching Primary Music for one idea of a story you could use.
12. Search Ponder and Pray – Song Hunt
Go on a fun “hunt” to find the answer to some trivia questions with Camille’s cute idea for Search Ponder and Pray over here!
Use these cute mini keychain flashlights to search! I actually have one of these on all my kids backpacks, on my purse zipper pull, and on all my keyrings! They are SO good to have in case of a power outage.
You’ll love using them in Primary as they only put out a little bit of light, so they won’t be blinding you (or the other kids)!
13. Search Ponder and Pray – Sing-Along Poster
This is a really cute option if you’re looking for something to send home with the kiddos to practice the song at home. Grab the Sing-Along Printable by MTC for Kids to teach Search Ponder and Pray! You can use the in-Primary poster and scripture hunt, and then send the kids home with their own poster.
14. Search Ponder and Pray – Action Words
My Primary always LOVES using hand actions! Sharla came up with these fun and easy signs you can learn to teach simple actions for Search Ponder and Pray! Head over to her post to grab the printables and see all the actions.
15. Search Ponder and Pray – Traffic Light
Create a simple poster with a traffic light. Just draw a red circle on top, then a yellow circle, and finally a green circle on the bottom. Add the letters S, P, and then P from top to bottom.
- You can then teach the kids to STOP when you have a problem and SEARCH the scriptures.
- SLOW down after you read the scripture to PONDER what they might be teaching you.
- Finally, it’s time to GO and PRAY about your questions and seek answers!
I created a cute printable handout and poster you can use in Primary!
What other ways will you be teaching Search, Ponder and Pray this year?