You’ll love this 2-in-1 singing time activity that can be used any time of the year. Plus, there’s some fun extension activities that will help you find the perfect way to use these cute hands in your Primary room.
There’s 2 ways to use these hand cards printable! Pick between a hands of gratitude activity which is perfect to use for your last Sunday as a Primary music leader or around Thanksgiving. Or, use it as a helping hands activity to help you pick a mix of children to help in singing time.
Hands of Gratitude:
Pass out one hand card to each child in the Primary room. You can have them cut out or leave them as a card to make it much easier for prep.
Ask the children to write something they are grateful for. Have them place their hand card on the floor or under their chair for now.
Sing through your song of choice. Have the teachers pick one child from each class (or 2 in a large class) to bring their hand up front. Let the kids share what they are grateful for, then add their hand print to the board.
Continue to sing and then add hands of gratitude up on the board.
Have all the children gather and get a group shot with all their thankful hands on the board behind them!
Let the kids write their name and a choice of song or favorite way to sing on a hand card.
Shuffle up all the hand cards and pull out a “helping hand” card! Let the child who wrote it come up to be your helper and sing their song choice or way to sing idea.
This will let you make your way through each of the children, before you can shuffle them all and start again!
You can add a getting to know you element by having the kids answer a question when it’s their turn to come up and help, such as:
- Do you have any pets?
- What is your hobby or favorite activity?
- What is your favorite candy?
- How many siblings do you have? Are you the oldest, youngest, or middle child?
- String the hands up like a pennant banner with all the different grateful things!
- Draw a tree outline on the board and fill in the top with all the hands as an adorable way to make a gratitude tree!
- Swap hand cards with a friend to see what they are thankful for, then swap again!
- Write one thing you are thankful for on each of the 5 fingers. Give the kids a challenge to think of 5 things they are thankful for every day! They can share those things in prayers to Heavenly Father, write them in a journal, or just tell a family member or friend!
- Collect all the hand cards. Randomly select one. Have everyone that is also grateful for that item stand up for the next song, or simply raise their hand before you sing.
- Use this activity as a great last singing time. It’s a great way to share with the kids how grateful you are for the gospel and share your testimony as well as grateful you are for getting to know them and sharing your love for the children. You’ll live on a positive note for the kids that they’ll remember!
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this So Thank”FALL” singing time activity!
Hands of Gratitude Printable Song Helps
This free in-post printable includes 3 different colored 1/2 page hand illustrations!
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For another wonderful activity for your Primary, continue over to this Thanksgiving Thankful Paper Chain idea! You’ll make a chain link with lots of thankful things.
What other fun ways will you use this singing time activity in your Primary room?