Get inspired for teaching one of this year’s Primary Program songs, If the Savior Stood Beside Me singing time ideas, with these 27 different games, lesson plans, and activities to deepen the meaning of the song and most importantly have fun together!
So many fun If the Savior Stood Beside Me Primary Singing Time Ideas, your hardest choice will be choosing which ones to use with your Primary!
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If the Savior Stood Beside Me Flip Charts
To help you get started teaching this beautiful song, grab one of our If the Savior Stood Beside Me Flip Chart options! I always like to keep a flip chart in my singing time binder to have on hand, just in case!
You can find the sheet music available for free on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
How do you teach If the Savior Stood Beside Me?
An easy way to teach If the Savior Stood Beside Me is with a picture match for younger children and and an unscramble for older children. In each activity, the kids will help you sort the song into the correct order while you get lots of repetition built in.
Next, have the children help you Draw the Song to deepen their understanding of the lyrics. Or, use the Clap Instead activity to help give them directed listening and a challenge while singing.
7 If the Savior Stood Beside Me Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my If the Savior Stood Beside Me teaching ideas around this blog. Plus, I’m also sharing additional favorite lesson plans from other Primary music leaders at the end of this post!
1. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Unscramble
Use word strips to create a challenge for Senior Primary with a focus on the words – and the right order! This is a perfect challenge for the first verse, second verse, or the last verse!
This song is such a tongue twister that this lesson plan can really help the kids learn the order and it’s a lot fun, too! With a game and challenge built in. Get the lesson plan and printable here!
2. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Picture Match
A Junior Primary version of the unscramble game, this picture based unscramble is handed out to each class to work through while you sing.
See how we’re using this Picture Match game for teaching If the Savior Stood Beside Me with two printable flip charts!
3. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Silent Movie
A silent movie in the Primary room can be a powerful way to share the message of a song in a unique way to help bring the message closer to your Primary kids hearts.
For this lesson, we shared a silent video with a piano version of If the Savior Stood Beside Me. Get inspired with this testimony building lesson plan that’s a perfect way to introduce the song for the first time!
4. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Draw the Song
A simple, low-prep activity that is fun for both Junior and Senior Primary is this draw the song lesson plan! You’ll pass out parts of the song to each child, or class, and let them help you create a flip chart.
5. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Song Story
One of my most favorite ways to introduce a new song or simply share it in a different way is to weave the song into a story.
We’ve taken part of the 1st verse and the 3rd verse to create a beautiful song story to share with your Primary. Visit this post to print and save the If the Savior Stood Beside Me song story. You’ll sing the song title and the lines of the song to the Primary children. Like, the first line of the song is sung just after the intro to the story and then you pickup the story line again. Continue this way through the whole song!
6. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Contrasting Choices
Work through the different questions presented in If the Savior Stood Beside Me with a contrasting choices activity. This can open up an opportunity to talk about what the words of the song are teaching us in a kid-friendly way!
7. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Clap Instead
Finally, use this If the Savior Stood Beside Me Clap Instead game to help you review the song! I’ll be using it to reinforce the 3rd verse.
20 More Ways to Teach If the Savior Stood Beside Me
Here is a collection of additional resources and teaching ideas created by different Primary music leaders to help you with this song!
1. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Hand Bells
Pickup the super fun Merry Bells play along videos or printable hand bell charts to help teach this song. If the Savior Stood Beside Me is included in their Primary Songs Set #1 collection. Use the coupon code PrimarySinging to save 10%!
2. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Savior Poster
I liked this idea from Arizona Forever, but instead you could adapt it to make a cutout like you see at a fair! Let the children come and put their face in the hole! How does that change the song for them when they see a drawing of the Savior right beside them? You could even take pictures and share them in your primary program!
3. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Concentration
Bring in a variety of pictures of the Savior with 2 copies of each picture and play a simple game of concentration! Head over to see this If the Savior Stood Beside Me Concentration Match game on the Teaching Primary Music website for all the details.
4. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Paper Chain
To help the children keep all of the verse straight, you can try this fun and simple idea by Teaching Children the Gospel! She uses a paper chain to talk about the things we would do, the commandments, being true, following His example, and living righteously!
5. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Waves of the Sea
This is a simple and fun idea to make waves using your hands to follow the high peaks and then the valleys of the notes while teaching If the Savior Stood Beside Me. See Sharla’s video on YouTube here.
6. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Do & Say
Have the kids help you sort out the different things we can do and the things we say to have fun with the wordy lyrics of this song in a meaningful way! Grab the lesson plan and free printables at Little LDS Ideas here.
7. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Footsteps
Let the kids help you pick out fun ways to sing the Primary song over and over with this adorable idea by The Choristers Corner. You’ll add a different way to sing the song on the bottom of each footprint and have the kids stand beside the footprint to pick which way to sing! Make sure you visit our post with over 100 fun ways to sing a song!
8. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Penny Games
Primary Notes 29 shared a cute idea with a whole bunch of penny games! Then, tied in a cute printable card the kids can take home to add a penny to their shoe to remember what the Savior would have them do! So cute and fun and the kids will love these minute to win it challenges!
9. ASL Rhythms (Facebook Group)
10. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Guitar Version (YouTube)
11. If the Savior Stood Beside Me Arrangement (YouTube)
12. Egg Shaker Pattern (Sharla Dance)
13. Arm Swings (Sharla Dance)
14. Melody Map (Sharla Dance)
15. Song Visuals (Facebook Group)
16. Hand Clap Pattern (Facebook Group)
17. Picture Puzzles (Facebook Group)
18. Question Cards (Facebook Group)
19. Body Actions (Facebook Group)
20. Sign Language & Actions (Facebook Group)
For more fun teaching activities, head over to this post to see tons of Did You Think to Pray Singing Time ideas!
What other fun ways have you taught If the Savior Stood Beside Me? Share your ideas in the comments below to add to this post! You can see all of our lesson plans by song and by year under our Come Follow Me Primary songs landing page!