My favorite song for summer and spring is this sweet song, Give Said the Little Stream! It’s one of the Come Follow Me Old Testament Song selections, but can easily be taught any time of the year or be used as a fun wiggle song.
In this Give Said the Little Stream Dance Scarves activity, you’ll paint your way through the song with a dance scarf in hand! Each action represent the specific line of the song to coordinate with the lyrics.
Give Said the Little Stream Dance Scarves
How to Play:
Sing through “Give,” said the Little Stream (flip chart here) once, before introducing the dance scarves.
Sing the first line of the song with the children while you demonstrate the first action. Ask the children if they could visualize the little stream that you just painted on the floor in front of you. Do you want to add one, too? Pass out the dance scarves and sing through the first line together, drawing a lazy river with the dance scarves.
Sing the second line and demonstrate the overhead arch pattern. Have the children try it with you. Start from the beginning and do both actions for line 1 and 2.
Pause and tell the children, let’s do those 2 actions again for the next part of the song. Continue singing and repeat the two actions.
Now, pause and show them how you would like them to spin for the last two lines of the song. You can do one really slow purposeful spin like your giving water to all the land around you or spin 2-3 times at a quicker pace through the last two lines of the song.
Sing the last part of the song together while you spin. Then start at the beginning and add all the actions so far.
Demonstrate the last two patterns, and let the kids try them out. We will do each one twice, so follow along with me – here goes! Sing the chorus with the two new actions.
Give Said the Little Stream Dance Scarves Pattern
- Lazy River (Line 1) – Drag the dance scarf along the floor like a stream of water.
- Arch overhead (Line 2) – Hold the scarf in one corner and make a big arch overhead.
- Repeat (Line 3+4) – Repeat the first and second action.
- Spin (Line 5+6) – One slow spin through the 2 lines, or a couple quick spins.
- Spinning Clock (Line 1) – Hold the scarf in one spot and spin it in a circle.
- Over the Shoulder (Line 2) – Flip the dance scarf over your shoulder twice on “give.”
- Repeat (Line 3+4) – Repeat spinning clock and over the shoulder.
- Have the children help you come up with new actions to replace the repeating actions for the additional verses, if they want more of a challenge.
- Do each action as fast as you can (1 time) then freeze but continue to sing! Now, try it in reverse. Do the action as slowly as you can while singing the coordinating line of the song.
For another fun and engaging dance scarves pattern, head over to see this Behold the Great Redeemer Die Dance Scarves pattern.
Give Said the Little Stream Printable Dance Scarves Pattern Chart
The free in-post printable includes a 2-page poster chart for teaching this song’s dance scarves pattern! It’s a single page for the verse and one page for the chorus for the first verse.
You’ll find a printable lesson plan, extended pattern for the 2nd and 3rd verse, and large full page dance scarves cards included in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership when Give Said the Little Stream is the featured song of the month.
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For another lovely way to teach this song, you’ll love this perfectly themed Give Said the Little Stream Spring Blossoms activity!
What other fun ways could you extend or use this Dance Scarves lesson plan?