Gethsemane Egg Shakers

Use this Gethsemane egg shakers idea to review Gethsemane on Easter, since it is a perfect tie in to both the meaning of Easter as well as the fun of the Easter holiday with Easter eggs! Here’s how it worked:

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Teach the melody in this Gethsemane Egg Shakers singing time idea. This beautiful LDS Primary song lesson plan includes printable helps for music leaders.

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Egg Shaker Pattern

I prefer to start an activity by singing through the song first. But after that, we jump right in! To making passing out egg shakers fast and easy, I add 7-8 to a small canvas bag and hand one bag to each class to hand out. They keep the bag (or hand it to their teacher) until it’s time to clean up and then bring me back the bag.

Teach Gethsemane singing time ideas Egg Shaker patterns for LDS Primary music leaders including printable helps

I bought my egg shakers on Amazon and they are inexpensive and I’ve found them to be very durable! As a new chorister, I tried making homemade egg shakers with colorful and fun duct tape and basic Easter eggs.

Homemade egg shakers for LDS Primary Music Leaders singing time manipulatives and instruments to help music teachers using easter eggs.

Some of those homemade eggs have cracked, though, since they’re such a thin plastic. While they are dirt cheap to make, I feel the sets are absolutely worth the small investment! You can get them for under $1/each, sometimes as low as 2 for a $1 with a large set!

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Ideally, you would buy 1 for at least half the number of kids in your Primary group. Having half as mean helps naturally build in repetition as they take turns trying out the patterns. Or you can pick up enough egg shakers to have one per person. I just grabbed a set of 24 and it was enough for my split Primary.

Egg Shaker Beat Pattern Cards

Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm Cards printable music cards for LDS Primary music leaders or music teachers working on music theory

Head over to see my complete collection of Egg Shaker Beat Pattern Cards in my digital shop, or see how I use Egg Shakers in Singing Time here!

Egg Shaker Patterns:

  • Slow Beat / 2 shakes per measure – (Jesus) climbed the / hill to the / garden / still His / steps were / heavy and / sl- / ow
  • Fast Beat / 6 shakes per measure – cli / mbed / the / hi / ll / to the / ga / r / den / sti / ll / his – Just continue at a steady, quick pace
  • Once per word – Shake at the beginning of each word. Since Gethsemane is so long and held out, we shook our eggs like crazy whenever we sang the “Gethsemane” phrase. But some of the other words you have to hold out and resist the urge to shake! It’s quite fun! Jesus / climbed / the / hill / to / the / garden / still / His / steps
  • Shake out the song – Come up with simple shakes that feel like you are acting out the lyrics of the song. For example:
    • “Jesus climbed the hill” shake the eggs starting low and moving up, up, up in a curve like a hill.
    • ‘To the garden still” cup the egg in your hands and hold it as still as possible.
    • “His steps were heavy and slow” shake to the left side of you and then right side of you in slow even “steps” like you’re walking.
    • “Gethsemane” constant shaking
    • “Jesus loves me” draw a big heart in front of you with the egg shaker
    • “So he went willingly to” stretch egg out far in front of you and back towards your belly
    • “Gethsemane” constant shaking
Teaching Gethsemane in Primary singing time Egg Shaker patterns

Because of the length of the song, if you’re doing the song the whole way through, you’ll probably want to pick just 2 of these egg shaker patterns. I’d recommend one of the beat rhythms and by word!

You could also use the Shake out the Song idea on a separate week repeating the pattern you come up with a few times through the song.

Love is Spoken Here egg carton singing time idea for LDS Primary music leaders teaching this fun song with a homemade instrument

For another really fun and unique singing time with instruments, see how we created a unique “instrument” with an egg carton to teach Love is Spoken Here.

Demonstrating the
Egg Shaker Patterns

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Continue on to our next fun themed singing time idea – Gethsemane Jesus Loves Me Drawing activity. The kids will color in a picture or draw the way Jesus loves them!

Gethsemane Jesus Loves Me Drawings and coloring pages for this LDS Primary song perfect for singing time with printable helps for Primary Music Leaders

What other fun egg shaker patterns would you use for this song?

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