Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands

Have you taught the sweet Mother Tell Me the Story primary song for Mother’s Day before? You’ll love this song that sings just like a lullaby and incorporates Jesus!

With this fun Mother Tell me the Story Ribbon Wands pattern you’ll have an engaging way to teach the children the “mothers” part of the song that they sing in reply!

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands singing time idea - Use these fun movements with ribbon wands that follow along with the melody and match the lyrics. This printable chart makes it easy for LDS Primary music leaders and the kiddos to follow along.

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands

How to Play:

Sing through Mother, Tell Me the Story song (flipchart) once, before introducing this activity.

I specifically designed this activity to fit the 2nd and 4th verse “Mother” part of the song. But I have also included ribbon wand actions for the other 2 verses as well. I would recommend just focusing on one or 2 verses to teach with any given activity, though, so you might just pick one of these sets to use unless you’re simply reviewing the song.

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands singing time idea - Use these fun movements with ribbon wands that follow along with the melody and match the lyrics. This printable chart makes it easy for LDS Primary music leaders and the kiddos to follow along.

Demonstrate the pattern while you sing through the verse together again.

Then, pass out ribbon wands and have the children follow along with you while you lead the song with the ribbon wand actions.

Invite a class to come up front anyone who would like to and lead the actions for you. Then, switch to another class and sing again!

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders Ribbon Wands

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands Singing time ideas for Primary Music Leaders ir?t=primarysinging 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B07H9WJPZ9Don’t shy away from ribbon wands, even the boys secretly enjoy them!! You can get Ribbon Wands on Amazon here. They’re super flexible and easy to use in Primary! If you want to easily make your own patterns, you’ll fall in love with my Ribbon Wand Action Cards!

Easy DIY Tutorial with step-by-step directions for How to Make Ribbon Wands! Bright and colorful with multi-colored ribbons for unique dance ribbon wands for music, singing time, preschool kids on up! Created by an LDS Primary music leader.

Plus, head over to see how to make your own easy homemade ribbon wands! They’re fun and easy to make and you can pick any color or go for fun rainbow ribbons like I did!

Ribbon Wand Actions: (1st and 3rd Verse)

  • Right & Left – Pull the ribbon wand to the right and to the left.
  • Circle on Right – Draw a circle to one side making big swoops up and down in a circle.
  • Draw a Heart – Trace the shape of a heart in the air in front of you.
  • Low Arch – Sweep the ribbon wand up to the right and then swing it over to the left and repeat.
Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands singing time idea - Use these fun movements with ribbon wands that follow along with the melody and match the lyrics. This printable chart makes it easy for LDS Primary music leaders and the kiddos to follow along.

Ribbon Wand Actions: (2nd and 4th verse)

  • Up & Down – Bring the wand up high to one side, then back down low.
  • Big circles down low – One big circle low to the ground.
  • Low Arch – Sweep the ribbon wand up to the right and then swing it over to the left and repeat.
  • Wiggle downward – Bring the ribbon wand up high, then wiggle it in small left and right movements as you bring it downward toward the ground.
Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands singing time idea - Use these fun movements with ribbon wands that follow along with the melody and match the lyrics. This printable chart makes it easy for LDS Primary music leaders and the kiddos to follow along.

Extension Activities:

  • These ribbon wand actions pair perfect for a unique and fun activity with the action hands lesson plan! Have one group do the actions for the first verse and third verse while the other group does the ribbon wand actions for the second verse and fourth verse, then pass the ribbon wand and switch which part each child sings!
  • Wave the wand around wild and crazy as they sing the word “Mother” or “Child”.
  • Freeze where you are on “Sleep” and pretend to be asleep.
  • Sing extra slow and try to keep the ribbon wand actions in pace with the new speed.
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For another fun similar activity, head over to see this Families Can Be Together Forever Ribbon Wands lesson plan!

Mother, Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands Printable Chart

You’ll find a 1-page printable chart to coordinate with the ribbon wand actions for the 2nd and 4th verse included in this free in-post printable.

Mother Tell Me the Story Ribbon Wands singing time idea - Use these fun movements with ribbon wands that follow along with the melody and match the lyrics. This printable chart makes it easy for LDS Primary music leaders and the kiddos to follow along.
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For another engaging way to teach this song, head over to see these Mother, Tell Me the Story Hand Actions!

Mother Tell Me the Story Hand Actions easy and fun singing time idea to add in a simple movement action for the keywords throughout the song! Great way to help the kids remember what words come next. Activity with printable for LDS Primary music leaders teaching this Mother's Day song.

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