Show your primary children how quickly kindness spreads with this Kindness Begins With Me Hide & Gift primary activity! This simple object lesson can be a fun and powerful way to teach the message of this song.
While reviewing Kindness Begins With Me in singing time, have a child seek for a hidden object. Once they find the object, have them share it with a friend and continue hiding and seeking for small gifts!
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Kindness Begins With Me Hide & Gift
I love the simple message of this song. When I looked up this song in the Gospel Library, I noticed two scripture references included for this song. One is from Luke 6:31, which says “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” The second scripture, found in Ephesians 4:31, begins with the phrase, “and be ye kind one to another.”
What a simple, but profound message! Be ye kind. I hope that as you plan for your primary lessons, you take just a moment to read the scriptures referenced and ponder the message. That is the true purpose of singing time!
This fun activity can be a great way to get in lots of practice while teaching a powerful object lesson about sharing kindness wherever we go.
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How to Play:
The idea for this activity is based on a classic primary activity, hide and seek! I have used this activity many times and it never gets old! Kids just love it! For this activity, the main difference will be that you will be hiding two objects instead of one.
For this activity, you’ll want some simple prizes or treats that the kids can take home with them after singing time. Some easy ideas for this might include glow bracelets, pieces of candy, cute pencils, stickers, erasers. You could also even send the kids home with their own instruments!
If you do choose to use instruments, I would recommend choosing something that is cheap and small, like these egg shakers, wrist bells, or finger lights. You could also save this for a special activity near the end of the year as a little gift to all your primary kids! This isn’t necessary for this particular activity, but definitely an option!
At the beginning of primary, start by reviewing Kindness Begins With Me (flipchart here!) Then, tell the kids that you’ll be playing a game of hide and seek! This time, we’ll be searching for two items instead of one! You can either choose to hide them both in the same place or hide them separately.
Choose one child to be the seeker. When the items are hidden, have the child return to the room to look for the objects. Help the seeker by singing louder as they get closer! Sing quietly to show them that they are far away.
Once the items are found, tell the child that they get to keep one of the items! The other one has to be given away to someone in primary. Then, choose another child to look for the items while the class sings.
By the end of singing time, everyone should have a special prize to take home! If you have a larger primary or run out of time, do a “special delivery” and give one of the items to each of the remaining children. See how quickly kindness spreads around the room!
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this Teach Me to Walk in the Light Hide and Seek singing time activity!
- Attach a scripture or conference quote about kindness to each of the items. Try to find many different scriptures or quotes about kindness. Keep the quotes brief, as simple as one phrase or sentence long. After each item is found, have the child read the scripture or quote to the class. You might find some ideas in this talk from Joseph B. Wirthlin or this talk about kindness by President Monson.
- Hide all the items before singing time! While singing, pick one child to go search for two of the items. Keep one item and give one to a friend. Continue until everyone has an item! This might be a good option for a larger primary, as you’ll save time by hiding the items in advance.
- Each time a child gives one of the gifts away, encourage them to give a compliment about the person they give the gift to. It can be as simple as “I like your dress/tie today.”
- Use this activity as a “themed” singing time lesson for Valentine’s Day! This singing measles activity is very similar and could be easily combined with this one!
Kindness Begins with Me Hide & Gift Printables
This post does not contain a free in-post printable. All the directions you’ll need are included in the post!
You’ll find a bonus printable Hide & Gift card to add to your mini gifts included in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership when Kindness Begins with Me is the featured song of the month.
You might also enjoy this fun Kindness Begins With Me Unscramble Words activity!
What other fun ways will you use this singing time activity in your Primary room?