You’ll love teaching Kindness Begins with Me in your Primary to help encourage kindness and love in your Primary room! It’s one of the suggested songs to teach on the November New Testament Primary Songs List for 2023.
I’m sharing all these fun Kindness Begins with Me singing time ideas below to help you easily teach this song in a variety of different ways to reach each of your children and their different varied learning styles – while having a lot of fun together in Primary!
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Kindness Begins with Me Teaching Packet
You’ll have so much fun teaching this song with this packet loaded full of my favorite teaching ideas and all the extended printables in one go-to packet! It’s a great resource to help you teach Kindness Begins with Me in a variety of different learning styles.
Kindness Begins with Me Flip Charts
Jump in first with this helpful set of different Kindness Begins with Me Flip Chart options! There’s a lot of different styles to pick from including a slideshow option!
This song is included in the Children’s Songbook on page #145. You can find printable sheet music on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website here.
8 Kindness Begins with Me Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my Kindness Begins with Me teaching ideas around this blog. Plus, I’m also sharing additional favorite lesson plans from other Primary music leaders at the end of this post!
1. Kindness Begins with Me – Spiritual Message
A great way to introduce this song is to teach the WHY behind kindness and one of these Kindness Begins with Me Spiritual Message videos will help! They can be a great way to capture the children’s attention as they learn about kindness.
2. Kindness Begins with Me – Stoplight Singing
For a super easy activity you’ll be able to use again and again with teaching songs, you’ll love this Kindness Begins with Me Stoplight Singing idea! Just switch between green light (sing normal), yellow light (sing slowly), and red light (stop singing) or use it with marching actions to keep the music going!
3. Kindness Begins with Me – Word Map
Break down the connection of the words throughout this song with this Kindness Begins with Me Word Map lesson plan. You’ll bring back all the lyrics from the song to how they relate to kindness for an impactful lesson that will get your critical thinkers engaged.
4. Kindness Begins with Me – Draw the Song
The children love to help draw the song and make their own personalized flip chart! It’s a great way to help visualize the song and help the children take ownership of learning the words! Head over to grab the Kindness Begins with Me Draw the Song activity.
5. Kindness Begins with Me – Unscramble Words
Have the children help you in this Kindness Begins with Me Unscramble Words activity. Can they rearrange all the out of order words to the correct placement before you finish singing? It’s a fun challenge your Senior Primary will especially love.
6. Kindness Begins with Me – Hide & Gift
Play a game of hiding two of a kind objects somewhere in the room and then send a child off on a hunt to find the hidden objects – then spread kindness in this Kindness Begins with Me Hide & Gift lesson plan.
7. Kindness Begins with Me – Partner Rhythms
Use these two contrasting rhythms – one with rhythm sticks and one with dance scarves and then swap with a new friend after each time to spread kindness around the room in this Kindness Begins with Me Partner Rhythms activity.
8. Kindness Begins with Me – Egg Shakers
Shake along with the lyrics of this song using your Egg Shakers in this fun pattern matching the words for a fun way to spread joy in the Primary room. Then, make sure to ask the children how the room feels when you’re all being kind and working together? See the full lesson plan for Kindness Begins with Me Egg Shakers here.
15 More Different Ways to Teach Kindness Begins with Me
If you’re looking for even more inspiration, I’ve sourced some of my favorite ideas for other Primary Music Leaders to help you teach this song in fun and varied ways.
1. Kindness Begins with Me – Hand Bells
My Primary children always love it when I bring hand bells in and Merry Bells makes it easy with their play along videos or printable bell charts. This song is included in Primary Songs #2 set. Use the coupon code PrimarySinging to save 10%.
2. Kindness Begins with Me – Egg Shakers
Egg shakers can be so much fun to use in Primary. Watch the video here or head over to the YouTube video to see her video here and follow along with the pattern.
Egg Shakers are the first instrument I always recommend to a new music leader. They’re super versatile and easy to use! Pickup a set of Egg Shakers on Amazon here. Plus, a perfect help to get you started using your egg shakers with the rhythm and in creative and fun ways, pickup the Egg Shaker Beat Rhythm Cards I created.
3. Kindness Begins with Me – Pass the Cup
This pass the cup activity would work in a small or medium sized Primary. In a larger Primary, you might have to start with a group of 8 or so kids, then take turns. You can see her video here.
4. Kindness Begins with Me – Stuffed Animal Motions
Bring in a 4-5 stuffed animals to share and then take turn following the fun pattern in her video here.
5. Maori Sticks Pattern (Facebook Group)
6. Draw a Shape (Facebook Group)
8. Primary Uno (YouTube)
9. Moving Cups & Russian! (YouTube)
10. Moving Picture (YouTube)
11. Around the Room (YouTube)
12. Hand Actions (YouTube)
13. ASL Signs (YouTube)
14. Listen for Instruments – Use this spunky upbeat version to listen for what different types of instruments you hear! (YouTube)
15. Song Poster (i heart primary music)
For more activities, see these I’ll Walk With You Singing Time ideas!
What other fun Kindness Begins with Me singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.