This I Want to Live the Gospel Tray of Objects is such a fun nature learning-style activity to use as you teach this new song this month! Choose a variety of items to put on a tray to show during singing time. Then, put the tray away and see how many items they can guess correctly!
This fun guessing game is a great way to bring music to life as you review I Want to Live the Gospel in primary!
**See 20 fun ways to teach I Want to Live the Gospel Singing Time ideas & activities over here!**
How to Play:
Before primary, gather 10-12 objects from your house that represent different aspects of this song. You might gather materials that remind you of living the gospel or choose words from the song and find something to represent that word.
Put all these items on a large sheet pan or tray. Bring to primary and cover the tray with a towel or sheet.
Review the first and second verse of I Want to Live the Gospel (flipchart here!)
Ask the children if they are up for a memory challenge. Hopefully you geta resounding, “Yes!”
Have the children try and guess what they think is underneath the tray. Explain to the children that you will set a timer for 3 minutes and uncover the tray. The children will have 3 minutes to try to remember everything that is on the tray.
When the time is up, sing through the song again. This will really test their memory! See how many items they can guess correctly. Sing through the song again, then give them another minute to look at the items before you cover them up again.
Continue this process until the kids have correctly identified all the items on the tray!
For this activity, you’ll need a large tray. A cookie sheet is the easiest to use, but you could also get a flat piece of cardboard or a large flat container.
Then, you’ll want to choose 10-12 items to put on your tray. These items represent different things from the song. Feel free to use some of the ideas here or come up with your own! Here’s a list of items you might include:
- Calendar (“live the gospel more each day”)
- Framed picture of Christ
- Picture of blueprints (“follow the plan”)
- Microphone (“Do and say”)
- Cell Phone
- Something bright
- Picture of the temple
- Work gloves
Once you’ve chosen your items, put them on a large tray or sheet pan. Again, feel free to use whatever you have at home! No need to buy extra supplies for this activity!
You could also take this one step further and use a large Tupperware container and fill the bin with dried rice or beans. Hide small items in the container and have the children see how many items they can find!
For this adaptation, have one child come up to the front of the room and blindfold them. Have them reach into the bin and see how many objects they can find in the time it takes you to sing the song!
- Make it a class competition! Give each teacher a paper and pencil. After the timer goes off, have the children quietly tell their teacher what they can remember. Have each class designate one spokesperson to come up to the front of the room and secretly show their paper to you. See which class can correctly identify the most items!
- Create a sensory bin with beans and rice. Hide small items in the bin. While you sing, have a child come up and put on a blindfold. After the song is over, see how many items they recovered. Let the kids take turns and see who can find the most items!
- On the back of each item, write a scripture or write the lyric from the song that best describes that object. Have the kids try and guess which item goes with which song lyric!
For another fun way to review this song, head over to this fun I Want to Live the Gospel Maori Sticks activity!
I Want to Live the Gospel Tray of Objects Printable Lesson Plan
Print out this two-page I Want to Live the Gospel Tray of Objects Printable Lesson Plan to help you prepare for singing time! In this printable, I’ve included instructions for the activity, as well as some ideas to adapt the activity.
I’ve also included a list of all the items I’ll be using for this activity! No need to go out and buy something! If you don’t have one of these items, just leave it out or choose another object to replace it!
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Head over to this I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle next!
How did your primary kids enjoy this tray of objects activity? What items did you include in the tray?