I am so excited to use this Did Jesus Really Live Again Cup Pattern activity in primary this Easter season! This activity is great because it can be engaging for both Junior and Senior primary kiddos! Grab your leftover party cups and have some fun with this activity!
What I love most about this activity is how flexible it can be. Since I’ve created a few cup patterns for you (found in the printable later in this post), you can dress up or dress down the pattern to fit your needs!
Using a Cup Pattern in Primary
Sometimes it can be tough to keep Senior primary kiddos engaged in singing time. As they grow older, they need a little bit of a challenge to keep them interested in the activity. This activity is great because it requires some concentration and focus, which should help keep reverence in primary.
Before introducing the cup pattern, begin by reviewing the words to Did Jesus Really Live Again? If you are feeling confident with the words, introduce the activity by demonstrating the cup pattern. You might want to write or tape up the cup pattern on the board to help as you teach the children this cup pattern.
If you’ve never used a cup pattern in primary before, it can be so much fun! Simple cup patterns can be a great way to keep your primary children engaged as you review songs.
See more ideas on how to use a cup pattern in our Cup Pattern for I Know My Father Lives post! You may also fun some other fun adaptations in the post to give you even more ideas to use for singing time.
Did Jesus Really Live Again Cup Pattern
So what kinds of patterns can you use for this song? I’ve created a simple pattern using a few movements that can be a great way to introduce cup patterns in primary! Here are a few actions you will need to know for this pattern!
Lap, Lap: For this action, hold the bottom of the cup with your hand and turn the cup upside down, tapping the lid of the cup against your lap.
Ex. “Did Jesus,” “Yes when the”
Palm, Palm: For this action, hold the cup with your dominant hand and hold your other hand out and tap the bottom of the cup to your opposite palm.
Ex. Really Live Again,” “Third day”
Hand Switch: All you have to do for this movement is switch the plastic cup into your non-dominant hand. This is usually a quick switch before beginning a new phrase.
Ex. Switch hands between the phrases.
Pass Behind Your Back: This action is exactly how it sounds! Just bring the cup around your back and pass from one hand to the other.
Ex. “He wakened and he left the tomb”
And that’s all you need to know! With just these 4 actions, you can have some creative cup patterns that your kids will love. Don’t be afraid to add your own actions! I especially love when I ask my primary kids for ideas. They can be so imaginative!
Once you’ve tried the cup pattern a few times, start putting the pattern to music. You might invite a child to come up as the “leader” and lead the cup pattern while you sing the song.
- At the beginning of primary, review Did Jesus Really Live Again with this flipchart.
- Introduce the activity by drawing or taping the cup pattern on the board. Demonstrate the cup pattern a few times, inviting the children to join in when they are ready.
- Practice the cup pattern a few times without any music. Once you feel comfortable with the cup pattern, bring back the music and sing while you do the cup pattern together.
- Continue using the cup pattern, or try a new pattern as you sing additional verses.
- “Follow the Leader” – invite one child to lead the cup pattern. After singing one verse, invite the child to pick a new leader.
- Invite children to suggest additional moves to add to the pattern!
- Split the class into groups. Have each group come up with their own cup pattern and teach their cup pattern to the class while singing a verse of the song.
Did Jesus Really Live Again Cup Pattern Printable Lesson Plan
I’ve created this printable lesson plan to help you simplify your primary prep! This printable includes a one-page summary of the activity, as well as some extension ideas.
The second page of this lesson plan includes some patterns that you could use for this song! These patterns are very simple, so adapt them as you’d like! Primary kids always have great ideas for making these more challenging!
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For another fun way to review this song, check out this Did Jesus Really Live Again Easter Eggs singing time activity!