This I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus Following in His Ways Game is really two activities in one! It’s a board game that has a feel like Candy Land and it’s also a sort of melody map! Each board game space represents one word of the song for a unique way to sing and play!
The hardest part you’ll have with this song is trying to pick WHICH Come Follow Me year to include it with!! It’s a recommended song for all 4 Primary years. I think it fits beautifully with the New Testament Primary Come Follow Me year.
I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus Following in His Ways Game
How to Play:
Sing I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus (flipchart) once before introducing this board game!
Post the board game up on the white board with 3 across and 2 down in print order. The pieces should connect so that there’s a continually path leading to the center of the board.
There are 77 board game spaces and each space represents one word of the song and corresponds with the lyrics by symbols.
Roll the dice and advance that far forward along the game track. Point to each space and sing the next word to show the kids that each space shows how far you are into the song. Sing that far together. Use the key to decide how to sing.
- ???? If they land on a footstep space, you’ll just as far as you’ve advanced through the song by spaces.
- ???? On an orange space landing, the kids sing the song!
- ???? On a purple space landing, the adults sing the song!
- ♥ If they land on a heart space, they get to pick ANY song to sing instead.
Continue rolling a dice and advancing along the path. This has a great visual of following in his ways and trying to be like him as you circle in closer and closer to the center.
1-Page Board Game: The included 1-page Game Board is designed for 2 more players to race to the center, but of course can be played solo. Can they beat their personal record for how many turns it takes to reach the end? The icons represent a normal turn, a chance to jump forward or get stuck sliding backwards, and a bonus turn to roll again!
- If you’re finding it too difficult to keep track for any reason, just add one more line to sing for each orange space you pass. It won’t be perfectly even, but it’s a very easy visual way to mark how far you’ve progressed and roughly equates to the lines of the song. Or, you can sing in an alternating pattern – one side sings every other word or every other line.
- You can put a picture of Jesus in the center of the board game if you’d like or let the kids fill in a way that they will try to be like Jesus at the end of the game or as they land on a heart space.
- Play without dice and simply see if they can crack this unique map that represents each of the notes! Can they decode the colors and spaces? What symbolism do they see in the game board?
For another fun singing time activity with a similar feel, head over to grab this Come Follow Me Footsteps Maze!
I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus Following In His Ways Printable Board Game
This printable includes a 6-page large format printable board game so you can use it in a group setting in the Primary room!
Extended printables including a printable lesson plan and 1-page game board plus a black and white version for easier printing are included in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership when I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus is the featured song of the month!
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For another really fun and unique way to teach this song, head over to see this I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus Word Shapes singing time idea!
What other fun ways could you expand on and utilize this Following in His Ways game?