Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze

One fun game I have planned for this month while teaching Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze game! Since the song, Keep the Commandments, is all about following the commandments we’ll play up that theme with putting a leader in charge!

Movement is wonderful to use in Singing Time, and we have a whole post on how to incorporate purposeful movement in Primary! For more fun ideas to extend this activity, you can also see this He Sent His Son Sway & Freeze idea here.

*See all our ways to teach Keep the Commandments here!*

Get the kids moving with this Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze singing time activity! This cute idea includes directions for LDS Primary Music Leaders.

Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze

How to Play Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze:

Take turns having children lead Keep the Commandments and deciding when to “freeze”.

With a large Primary, you can divide the Primary into groups and have one leader for each group. That might look like a helper for each side of the room, or one per class, or even make small groups and spread out around the room and have everyone take a turn!

Keep the Commandments Sway & Freeze - Primary Singing Time ideas for a fun movement game to engage the kids in learning this song! Perfect for LDS Primary Music Leaders / Choristers.

Everyone will sway with the rhythm of the song slowly rocking left and right in their spot.

When the leader freezes (stops moving completely), everyone else will do their best to stop as soon as they notice the leader has stopped. They’ll hold in whatever position they were in trying not to move again until the leader once again starts swaying.

You can alternatively simply sway for one line and freeze for the next alternating lines if your group needs a little more structure. Or use this frozen words guide!

Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders Keep the Commandments Frozen Words 1

Sway and Freeze Alternate and Extension Ideas:

  • Have everyone walk slowly in a circle together around the room and play “Walk and Freeze” instead.
  • In small groups of 4-6 children, have them form a circle. One child will start swaying while everyone else is still. As soon as they stop, the next child moving around the circle will start swaying while everyone else remains still. Keep taking turns with just one child at a time swaying with the rhythm until everyone has had a turn.
Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders Keep the Commandments Frozen Words 4
  • Freeze on the missing words, then fill the missing blanks to jump instead of freeze!
  • Switch it up with a different action. Maybe sit and stand, jumping jacks, or dabs and claps. Let the kids help you pick which actions to do next!
  • Silently sing in your head for all the “freeze” parts of the song, then pick up singing where you left off in the music when the leader starts swaying again.
Keep the Commandments Singing Time ideas for LDS Primary Music leader helps - sway and freeze movement games
His FREEZE pose!! hahaha
When He Comes Again easy sway and freeze movement singing time idea for LDS Primary music leaders teaching this song for Easter or part of the Old Testament Come Follow Me primary songs!

For another additional way to use this activity, head over to see this When He Comes Again Sway & Freeze lesson plan for more ideas and a printable sign!

Keep the Commandments Frozen Words Printable

I’ve included a free bonus 1-page printable of the first verse with “frozen” words! This will help give you structure to know when to freeze and when to sway throughout the song.

Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders Keep the Commandments Frozen Words 2
Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders INSTANT Primary Singing Extended Printables

You’ll find the 2nd verse, a fill-in-the-blanks version, and a larger print size plus a printable lesson plan all included as bonus printables in the INSTANT Primary Singing Membership when Keep the Commandments is the song of the month!

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Your Primary kids will love this hands-on one of a kind Keep the Commandments Taste Test activity! It dives into why we keep the commandments, even when we can’t always see the reasons.

Keep the Commandments taste test activity singing time ideas

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2 thoughts on “Keep the Commandments Sway and Freeze”

  1. Fun ideas. Thank you. Question. On the sway and freeze, does the music stop when we freeze? Do we quit singing and then start again when music starts


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