200+ Primary Singing Time Ideas & Games Master List

Browse this huge master list of Primary Singing Time Ideas & games! You’ll find not only ideas to help you brainstorm, but also links to the idea in a lesson plan for Primary so you can try different songs in a fun way!

200+ Primary Singing Time Ideas!

This is the perfect resource index for a Primary music leader to reference! These ideas I’ve found from around the web or come up with to teach a specific song, review one song, or review a handful of songs. Plus, some ideas specific to senior primary to get them involved.

Whether you’re a new Primary Chorister teaching a brand new song or an experience music leader looking to engage the Primary children in different ways, you’ll find something perfect for your Primary lesson plans!

I’ll be writing posts to explain and share more details on each of these games, so check back on this listing page or the homepage for the direct links!

For even MORE ideas, see these 10 Ways to Use Flip Charts to Teach a Primary Song! It’s a great way to introduce song titles the first time and highlight the key words while they’re hearing a new melody.

Learn the Song Games for Singing Time

*Click on the link for fun activities based on the different ideas below!

  1. Mini Skits
  2. Show & Sing
  3. Body Rhythm
  4. Contrasting Choices
  5. Using Jingle Bells
  6. Incorporate Senses / Nature
  7. Melody Charts
  8. Playdoh Creations
  9. Cup Rhythm Pattern
  10. Scarves Pattern
  11. Hand Bells
  12. Picture Phrases
  13. Fill-in-the-Blank
  14. Comic Strip
  15. Using Rhythm Sticks
  16. Cup Stacking
  17. Video Montage
  18. Picture Match
  19. Hand Clap Patterns
  20. Finger Actions
  21. Simple Cup Actions
  22. Beat vs Rhythm
  23. First Letter Code
  24. Themed Stories
  25. Using Paper Plates
  26. Clap Instead
  27. Song Story
  28. Draw the Song
  29. Silent Song Movie
  30. Envelope Verses
  31. Using Ribbon Wands
  32. Cups in a Row
  33. Around the World
  34. Swat Team
  35. Secret Words
  36. Song Scramble
  37. Silly Conductor
  38. Silly Hat Singing
  39. String in a Can
  40. Pass an Object
  41. Echo Puppet
  42. Race for the Bell
  43. UNO the Words
  44. Crossword Puzzle
  45. Word Search

Song Planner Worksheet
Activity Examples & How to Use

Let’s start with our Song Planner Worksheet, that includes 91 different activities which easily builds in a HUGE variety of singing time ideas each year! The activities are broken down by a variety of learning styles with 12 activities for each of the categories (with 7 for Nature & Senses). If you haven’t grabbed that resource yet, head over to that post now for more details!

If you want to see ready-made printable lesson plans for each of the ideas, just follow the links below! It will help you see lots of ways (and extension ideas) to make the most out of each of these lesson!

Plus, you’ll likely grab some activities for your Come Follow Me Primary Songs Picks for the year!

#1-12 Kinesthetic / Purposeful Movement

See How to use Purposeful Movement in Primary with this in-depth post all about using movement and manipulatives in Singing Time! Plus links that help explain each of the ideas listed here!

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

1. Scarves – Start with this post on How to Use Dance Scarves in Singing Time!
Away in a Manger – Dance Scarves
In My Father’s Hands – Dance Scarves
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Dance Scarves

2. Ribbon Wands – Get tons of ideas on How to use Ribbon Wands with music!
Come, Follow Me Hymn – Ribbon Wands
He Sent His Son – Ribbon Wands
When I Am Baptized – Ribbon Wands

3. Body Rhythm
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Body Rhythm
Baptism – Body Rhythm
Love is Spoken Here – Simple Actions

4. Hand / Clap Patterns
The Holy Ghost – Hand Pattern
When I Am Baptized – Hand Clap Pattern

5. Cup Pattern
I Know My Father Lives – Cup Pattern
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Cup Pattern
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Cup Stacking
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Simple Cup Actions

6. Directional Marching
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Directional Marching

7. Be My Mirror

8. Sign Language

9. Sway and Freeze
Keep the Commandments – Sway and Freeze

10. Dance Routine

11. Yoga

12. Movement Words
Mother, I Love You – Movement Words

#13-24 Concrete Representation of Words

Make meaningful connections with Word Activities for your Singing Time with these fun ideas! This post will help you learn all about how representing words can be beneficial for kids.

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

13. Action Words
Love is Spoken Here – Simple Actions
In My Father’s Hands – Action Hands
I Am a Child of God – Finger Actions
Search, Ponder and Pray – Action Words

14. Eraser Pass
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Eraser Pass
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Not That Word

15. Concentration Match Game
Baptism – Concentration

16. Choose the Missing Word
Choose the Right Way – Missing Words
In My Father’s Hands – Missing Word Match
Gethsemane – What Comes Next

17. Fill-in-the-Blank
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Fill-in-the-Blank
He Sent His Son – Finish the Sentence
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Pick a Picture

18. Foreign Language
Keep the Commandments – Foreign Languages
Love One Another – Foreign Languages

19. Puzzle Letter/Words
I Know My Father Lives – Word Puzzle

20. Scrambled Words

21. Unscramble Word Strips
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Unscramble Word Strips
Gethsemane – Unscramble Lyrics
Away in a Manger – Unscramble the Words

22. “Hangman” Blanks
The Holy Ghost – Hangman Blanks
Primary Song Guess Game

23. Word Search
Search, Ponder and Pray – Word Search

24. Crossword Puzzle
Search, Ponder and Pray – Crossword Puzzle

#25-36 Logical Conclusions

Work through these Logical Conclusions for Primary Singing Time that will help you get started utilizing all these fun ways to make your own meaningful codes and charts to creating engaging experiences for your Primary children.

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

25. Crack the Code
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Crack the Code

26. Melody Chart
Search, Ponder and Pray – Melody Chart
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Melody Chart

27. Color Code
I Know My Father Lives – Color Code

28. Word Map
I Feel My Savior’s Love – Word Map

29. Rebus
Baptism – Rebus

30. First letter of each word
Families Can Be Together Forever – 1st Letter Code
Keep the Commandments – First Letters
Our Time to Shine – First Letters

31. What comes next?
Gethsemane – What Comes Next?
Away in a Manger – Guess What’s Next

32. Number problems
The Holy Ghost – Number Problems

33. Compare and Contrast
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Contrasting Choices

34. Bar Graph
Come, Follow Me Hymn – Bar Graph

35. Riddles

36. Line Matching Game
Baptism – Line Matching Game
Love One Another – Line Match
In My Father’s Hands – Picture Word Match

#37-48 Visual Intrigue

Your Visual Learners in Primary will be so grateful when you start to incorporate these ideas to capture their attention. This post is a must-read to see how to incorporate these Singing Time activities!

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

37. Playdoh Creations
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Playdoh Creations
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Playdoh Creations

38. Art / Drawing
Keep the Commandments – Color the Commandments
I Know My Father Lives – Color Puzzles
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Show & Sing

39. Song Picture Puzzles
Come, Follow Me – Picture Puzzles

40. Oops, I Dropped the Pictures

41. Draw the Song
Away in a Manger – Draw & Trace
Gethsemane – Jesus Loves Me Drawings
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Draw the Song
When I Am Baptized – Comic Strip

42. Magic Crayon
Baptism – Finger Drawing

43. What’s in the Bag
Away in a Manger – Gifts of Christmas
He Sent His Son – What’s in the Bag

44. Video clip/story
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Sights & Sounds Video

45. Finger Lights
The Holy Ghost – Finger Lights

46. Painting
Come, Follow Me Hymn – Painting Pictures

47. Object Lesson
When I Am Baptized – Nature Symbols

48. Picture Match
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Picture Match
In My Father’s Hands – Hand Pictures
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Pick a Picture
Mother, I Love You – Mother Match

#49-60 Spiritual Connection

Don’t overlook making meaningful spiritual connections during Singing Time. Of course, we know that’s our ultimate focus. But these ideas will help speak to their soul and help your kiddos start to feel the Spirit touch their hearts and make an impact while learning these favorite LDS Primary Songs!

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

49. Song Story
I Know My Father Lives – Song Story
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Song Story
Love One Another – Song Story

50. Silent Video

Come, Follow Me Hymn – Silent Video
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Silent Movie
Away in a Manger – Silent Video

51. Testimony

52. Piano / Instrument Solo
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Recorder Music

53. Special Arrangement
Baptism – Special Arrangement
I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus – Different Arrangements

54. Guest Performance

55. Spiritual Connection
Choose the Right Way – Scripture Connection
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Scripture Connection
Our Time to Shine – Scripture Heroes

56. Personal Story
When I Am Baptized – Baptism Stories

57. Music/Story Video
I’m Trying to Be Like Jesus – Music Video
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Video Montage

58. Sensing the Holy Ghost
The Holy Ghost – Sensing the Holy Ghost
Choose the Right Way – Warning Sounds

59. Song Testimony Sharing
Candy for Courage Review Game

60. Words from the Prophet
He Sent His Son – Words of a Prophet
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Scripture Connection

#61-72 People Interactions

Help your Primary children increase their social skills and your social butterflies to really find deep connections with the Primary Songs with these People Interactions Activities for Singing Time.

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

61. Acting
Come, Follow Me Hymn – Fisherman Acting
The Nativity Song – Nativity Skit
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Skits

62. Body Rhythm Partners
Baptism – Rhythm Partners
When I Am Baptized – Hand Clap Patterns

63. Small Group Tasks
I Know My Father Lives – Word Puzzle
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Unscramble Envelopes

64. Partner Arm Swings
Away in a Manger – Partner Arm Swings

65. Competition Game
Silent Singer Review Game
March Madness Review Game
Away in a Manger – Guess What’s Next

66. Song Lyrics “Singing Bee”
When I Am Baptized – Singing Bee
He Sent His Son – Singing Cupid

67. Mirror Your Partner

68. Rolling Rhythm Sticks

69. Partner Instruments/Band
A Child’s Prayer – Team Band
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Team Band

70. Using Manipulatives as a Team

71. Envelope Challenges
I Know My Father Lives – Word Puzzle
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Picture Match
Away in a Manger – Unscramble the Words

72. Learn & Teach Task
Choose the Right Way – Scripture Connection
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Scripture Connection

#73-84 Living Music

Make the music come ALIVE with these assortment of fun instrument and music making ideas! You’ll love these 12 Living Music Singing Time Ideas!

Plus links that help explain with an example of each of the ideas listed here!

73. Jingle Bells
He Sent His Son – Jingle Bells
The Holy Ghost – Jingle Bells
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Jingle Bells
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Team Band
A Child’s Prayer – Team Band

74. Hand Bells – Take a deep dive into using Hand Bells in Singing Time here!
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Hand Bells

75. Egg Shakers – Head here to learn all about egg shakers in Singing Time!
Gethsemane – Egg Shakers
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Team Band

76. Rhythm Sticks – Make the most of using Rhythm Sticks in Primary!
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Rhythm Sticks
When I Am Baptized – Rhythm Sticks
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Team Band

77. Paper Plates
When I Am Baptized – Paper Plates Pattern
Away in a Manger – Paper Plates

78. Drums
Baptism – Drumming the Beat

79. Beat vs Rhythm
We’ll Bring the World His Truth – Beat vs Rhythm
When I Am Baptized – Mini Conducting Course

80. Clap Instead
If the Savior Stood Beside Me – Clap Instead
I Will Be Valiant – Clap Instead

81. Sand Blocks
Stand for the Right – Sand Blocks
Come, Follow Me – Sand Blocks
A Child’s Prayer – Team Band

82. Ooohs, Aaaahs

83. Maori Sticks

84. Egg Cartons

#85-91 Awareness of Nature

Making connections with nature helps us to better connect with heaven and stay deeply rooted during life. You can engage the senses to increase Awareness of Nature in Singing Time.

Plus links that help explain each of the ideas listed here!

85. Sight
Baptism – Picture the River
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Sights & Sounds

86. Sound
The Holy Ghost – Quiet Calming Sounds
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Sights & Sounds
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus – Listening Activity
Choose the Right Way – Warning Sounds

87. Smell
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Matching Senses
When I Am Baptized – Nature Symbols

88. Taste

89. Touch
My Heavenly Father Loves Me – Matching Senses
Come, Follow Me Hymn – Hands & Feet

90. Feelings

91. Sensory Bins
An Angel Came to Joseph Smith – Sensory Bin

Games to Review Primary Program Songs

  1. Singing Bee
  2. Not That Word
  3. Directional Marching
  4. Candy for Courage
  5. Silent Singer
  6. Movement Words
  7. Clap Instead
  8. March Madness Sing-off
  9. Primary Song Guess Game
  10. Magic Messages
  11. Emoji Text Acronyms
  12. Pin the Primary Song
  13. Hide the Note
  14. Who’s Missing
  15. Something’s Different, Sister ____
  16. Heads up 3 up
  17. Tower of Cups
  18. 4 Corners
  19. Mini Golf
  20. Basketball
  21. Human Spinner
  22. Primary Yoga
  23. Music Leader
  24. Singing Time Relay
  25. Bean Bag Toss

Review Games for Multiple Primary Songs

  1. Guessing Bag
  2. Doughnut Time
  3. Sing or Dare
  4. Angry Birds
  5. Minecraft
  6. First Letter Puzzle
  7. Color Dice
  8. Footsteps
  9. Name That Tune
  10. Fishing
  11. Climb the Stairs
  12. Stump the Chorister
  13. Pop the Balloons
  14. Skittles Challenge
  15. Play-doh Pictionary
  16. Pool Noodle Ball Race
  17. Pass the Parcel
  18. Memory Match
  19. Tic-Tac-Toe
  20. Punch Board
  21. Primary Cranium
  22. Song Snowball
  23. Mystery Singer
  24. Jeopardy
  25. Battleship

Senior Primary Singing Time Ideas

  1. Use the Scriptures
  2. Baptism Stories
  3. Learn on the Recorder
  4. Write Your Own Verse
  5. Sign Language
  6. Class Solo
  7. Learn the Harmony
  8. Different Accompaniment
  9. Singamony
  10. Learn How to Conduct

Seasonal Games & Ideas

January:

  • New Year – Around the World
  • New Year, New Songs – Introduction Sing Along

February:

  • Valentine’s Day – Jesus Loves Me

March:

  • St Patrick’s Day – Lucky Singers
  • 1st Day of Spring – Song Blooms

April:

  • Easter – Resurrection Eggs Treasure Hunt