Take a deep dive into this short but sweet and meaningful Primary song with these 27 I Know My Father Lives singing time ideas! I love how this song reinforces the gospel approach of picturing our Father (and Christ) as LIVING!
We’ve covered all the basis including great ways to learn like with number problems crack the code, engaging science experiments about life functions, a bright colorful color dot puzzle, and lots more fun Singing Time plans!
I Know My Father Lives is one of my Old Testament 2022 Come Follow Me Primary program songs! We share lots of different songs including I am a Child of God, My Heavenly Father Loves Me, My Savior’s Love and many more from the Children’s songbook. May sure you stick around to browse all our successful singing times and primary program helps!
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I Know My Father Lives Flip Charts
The perfect choices for getting started is by grabbing our I Know My Father Lives Flip chart! It’s easy to use without having to fumble through a ton of pages and 3 options to choose from including a slideshow flipchart!
This song is included in the Children’s Songbook on page #302. You can find the sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
10 I Know My Father Lives Singing Time Ideas
First up, you’ll find quick links to all of the different lesson plans and activities I’ve created to help you teach this song. There’s a variety of activities to teach with different learning styles!
1. I Know Father Lives – Cup Pattern
The first thing you could try is this I Know My Father Lives cup pattern challenge a try with your Junior Primary kids! With 3 different levels of challenge, like switching from your left to your right hand, you can start slow and then ramp up the difficultly for those smart Senior Primary kids!
2. I Know Father Lives – Color Code
Use this inspiring Singing Time Ideas for I Know My Father Lives Color Chart to fill in the missing words, that are color coded! Can they solve for each different color blank throughout this fun activity?
3. I Know Father Lives – Song Story
Try this captivating I Know My Father Lives song story to introduce the song or help illustrate the meaning of the lyrics! The story shares a relatable tale of trying to know and understand if the really is a God.
4. I Know Father Lives – Handbells
Quickly and easily make a hand bell chart to use with I Know My Father Lives singing time using our Hand Bell Music Note Cards! Hand Bells are so much fun to use in Singing Time – they’re always a hit with the kids! Head over here to see how to use Hand Bell Charts in Singing Time!
Or, try it using bells in a totally different and fun way with this I Know My Father Lives fun Handbell Play-along video by Merry Bells! Don’t forget to use the promo code PrimarySinging to save 10% off any purchase.
5. I Know Father Lives – Word Puzzle
There’s two different levels of challenge in this I Know My Father Lives Word Puzzle challenge! Try unscrambling word phrases or the letters of keywords in this fun printable activity. This is an especially good challenge for older children that uses how much time you have with a lot of purpose and repeat singing.
6. I Know Father Lives – Color Puzzles
Give the kids a fun coloring challenge to find the hidden shape. This I Know My Father Lives Color Puzzle game is a throwback to your childhood and will easily involve lots of kids! With a few options to adapt the lesson to fit your Primary children, this is sure to be a fun challenge for any group size.
7. I Know Father Lives – Echo Singing
This fun lesson will build in TONS of repetition! The kids love to compete and see who can sing out the “best.”
We’ve included fun printable competition singing cards to help mix up your Primary in a variety of groups and sing-sing-sing to help them master I Know My Father Lives with Echo Singing!
8. I Know Father Lives – Feelings – What Makes Someone Alive?
Have a meaningful and hands-on singing time with these 3 fun science experiments that walk through how to know if someone is alive for a deep connection with the song lyrics and topic for a great testimony building experience!
You’ll make lungs, pattern after a heartbeat, and talk about brain activity in this I Know My Father Lives What Makes Someone Alive lesson plan.
9. I Know My Father Lives – First Letter Actions
Randomly pick one of the first letter cards, and then add an action. Sing through the song adding your action with every matching first letter!
You can build it up as a fun game with a sequence of actions or split the room to compete against a different set of actions! This is a great activity to use for the second verse! Head over here to grab the I Know My Father Lives First Letter Actions.
10. I Know My Father Lives – Four Corners
Assign one phrase from I Know My Father Lives to each corner, and have all 4 corners sing the very last line that repeats the chorus together. Divide the children into the four corners, by class or by any other method.
Then, each corner sings just their part 2 times through the new song, then rotate to the next corner and continue. You’ll get through the song 8 different times and help build all the pieces of the song.
Get the I Know My Father Lives lyrics and a flip chart here to help you setup your corners. Or write the lyrics of the first verse on a big poster board!
17 MORE Different Ways to Teach I Know My Father Lives
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite ideas from other Primary Music leaders with good singing time ideas and helps to help you get this song ready for sacrament meeting!
1. I Know My Father Lives – Paper Plates
Here’s another fun way to get the little girl and boy Primary kiddos moving and making music with paper plates! Try this I Know My Father Lives singing time with a simple pattern by Sharla Dance is swish-swish-freeze.
Then, she adds in a fun melody map to help the kids visualize the movement of the notes!
2. The Story Behind I Know My Father Lives
Build a deeper connection with this song title by sharing this sweet and simple story on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website about how this song came to be (read the story here!).
There’s even a music video of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square singing this Primary song which could be a fun element to include in a spiritual connection theme singing the first time you introduce it!
3. I Know My Father Lives – Whisper Phone
Bring in a PVC pipe phone and have the children whisper sing! It’s a perfect tie into the lyric line that talks says, “the Spirit whispers this to me.” It will help open up great conversations about how the Spirit speaks to each of us and how we can better listen to the Spirit!
4. I Know My Father Lives Finger Lights
Here’s another fun way to teach the song – with the lights out! I always love using Finger Lights in Singing Time because they’re so much fun! Head over here to see the Finger Lights Video here.
Finger lights can be SO much fun to bring into the Primary room! You can pickup a set of finger lights for really cheap on Amazon here. It’s a good idea to add a dab of hot glue to keep the battery compartment shut. Just search this blog for more ideas for using them with your Primary children.
5. I Know My Father Lives Sing-Along Video
For a super simple first way to introduce this song, you can teach it with a introduction video! Head over here to watch the sing-along on Youtube.
6. Coloring Page (Church Website)
7. Alternate Handbell Chart (Camille’s Primary Ideas)
8. Dingers (YouTube)
9. I Know My Father Lives ASL video (YouTube)
10. Melody Map (YouTube)
11. Dance Scarves (YouTube)
12. Crossword Puzzle (LDS Primary Printables)
13. Sing-Along Signs (MTC for Kids)
14. Video Cup Pattern (YouTube, Using my idea above!)
15. Karaoke Video (YouTube)
16. How to Play Piano Video (YouTube)
17. How to Conduct I Know My Father Lives (YouTube)
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