For a simple, but meaningful song, I am teaching with these Keep the Commandments singing time ideas this year in Primary! I’m compiling here the lesson plans I’ve come up with and shared for teaching or reviewing Keep the Commandments during Singing Time. I hope this helps you have meaningful experiences with this song, too!
Keep the Commandments is one of my song Primary songs for Old Testament Come Follow Me 2022! You can see all of the songs I am teaching this year over on that landing page with tons of activities and printable lesson plans to help you with your planning.
15 Singing Time Ideas for
Keep the Commandments
For a great first place to start, head over to grab our Keep the Commandments Flip chart! I like to keep one on hand for each of my songs, even though I only end up using them 1-2 times throughout my time teaching the song. They’re a must have for when you need them!
1. Keep the Commandments – Sway and Freeze
Let the kids take turns being the leader and choosing when to sway and when to freeze! This is a perfect tie-in activity to the song Keep the Commandments and following directions. Lots of fun extension ideas to make this a new experience each time.
2. Keep the Commandments – First Letters
Try this mini crack the code challenge by using the first letter of each word in Keep the Commandments to create a variety of ways to sing and re-sing Keep the Commandments over and over!
3. Keep the Commandments – Scripture Questions
Use these Scripture Questions idea for Keep the Commandments to build a strong connection to the importance of obeying the commandments and the blessing that can be in our lives. Plus, fun extension ideas including a hand actions tie into each of the scriptures!
4. Keep the Commandments – Paper Plates
Follow this fun Keep the Commandments Paper Plates pattern for a fun singing time making music following the beat! It’s a simple enough pattern of taps and swish and that any age kids can follow along. Or up the challenge with the help of your Primary kids to adapt the sequence!
5. Keep the Commandments – Foreign Language
Add a depth to the repeating phrase, “Keep the Commandments” by adding a foreign language, or two! I have several different languages to choose from, here, with printables and some phonetics to help!
6. Keep the Commandments – Color the Commandments
Hand out fun coloring pages that talk about different ways we can learn the commandments to create a natural tie-in lesson with the song Keep the Commandments! We’ve got 6 fun Keep the Commandments coloring pages options to share.
7. Keep the Commandments – Group Stories Task
Put the kids in charge of the learning and teaching with this fun small group stories task! In this lesson plan, the kids will break up into groups to discuss and learn about each of the 10 commandments (you might double up with multiple commandments per group). Then, let them teach the rest of the Primary in this Keep the Commandments Group Stories singing time.
8. Keep the Commandments – Taste Test
What better way to give the kids concrete experiences with understanding obedience than with a fun taste test challenge! In this Keep the Commandments Taste Test the kids will be asked to sample a small sip of a variety of drinks that all look relatively similar – but definitely don’t taste so!
9. Keep the Commandments – Song Eraser
This cute visual activity created by Felicia Mathis takes ZERO prep, just some colorful chalk! Pass an eraser from child to child and when the music pauses, whoever is holding the eraser gets to come up front and erase one of the words/symbols!
Bonus idea — have the kids draw the shapes in the air while they sing! Just land on the corners of the triangles on Keep / the / command / ments, and continue on through. How far can they stretch their arrow for “He will send blessings”.
10. Keep the Commandments – Ribbon Wands
Camille’s Primary Ideas has a fun idea to post your flip chart around the room and have the kids point to where it is with a ribbon wands! See how she uses this idea to teach through the whole song, or break it up to do just one verse if you prefer. Head over to her post to grab the printables and details!
11. Keep the Commandments – Head, Shoulders…
Get out their wiggles by singing through Keep the Commandments using the actions to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes! See a video demo in the Music Leaders FB Group.
- Keep the Commandments x2 = Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes x2
- In this there is Safety = Knees, Toes
- In this there is Peace = Knees, Toes
- He will send blessings x2 = Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes x2
- Words of the Prophet = Knees, Toes
- Keep the Commandments = Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
- In this there is safety and peace = Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Nose
12. Keep the Commandments – Sign Language
Follow along with the signs to teach Keep the Commandments! It’s a great way to reinforce the words and add in movement with meaning! I really loved watching this sweet sister’s video, you can also find it here on YouTube if the embed doesn’t work.
13. Keep the Commandments – Pass the Box
See this fun and simple idea by Singing a Song is Fun to Do to add in lots of repetition while teaching this song. You’ll fill a box with symbols that represent the 10 commandments. Then, sing through the song and randomly stop the music. Let the child holding the box when the song stops pick out an item!
14. Keep the Commandments – Rhythms Challenge
This fun rhythms challenge was inspired by a video shared in the Primary Music Leaders Facebook group. I love how this sister adapted the idea to fit Keep the Commandments. See her video here!
I also LOVED the original video and created a set of printable fruit cards to help you easily make a mix and match pattern! Head over here to grab my Fruit Rhythm Patterns Printable Cards!
15. Keep the Commandments – Signs & Waves
Help the kids feel the music with the waves of the sea (demonstrated for just a few seconds at the beginning of this video), and then weave in hand actions that bring in meaning to the words with these two fun ideas by Sharla Dance!
What other fun Keep the Commandments Singing Time ideas do you have? Share how you’ll be teaching Keep the Commandments in the comments to add to this list!