25 Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas

Today I’ve got 25 great Come Follow Me singing time ideas to share! It’s the perfect song to kick off the New Testament Come Follow Me Primary year.

I’m so excited for the new year ahead and the new singing time format. It does mean more planning and thoughtful consideration for all of us Primary Music Leaders, but that’s a good thing.

It means we can be lead more by the spirit to come up with lessons and activities that can really teach these LDS Primary songs directly to the children’s hearts.

I’ll be introducing Come, Follow Me Hymn in January along with 2 other songs from the yearly theme. I try to do 2-3 shorter activities each week (approximately 7 mins each). To see how I plan for my weekly singing times, see How to Plan a Year of Singing Time Lessons post!

Each of these ideas I planned out in about a total of 10 minutes using my Song Planner Worksheet that made planning a cinch!

See my entire January Singing Time Plan over here!

25 Fun and Easy Come, Follow Me Hymn Singing Time Lesson Plans and Ideas for LDS Primary Music Leaders / Choristers. Many of these ideas are also fun for home bible study. To teach Come Follow Me Hymn #116 from the LDS green hymn book.

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12 Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas

Come Follow Me Printable Flip Chart

You can start with our Come Follow Me flip charts, if helpful! They’re nice to have on hand in case you need some support with the lyrics or when first introducing the song.

This song isn’t in the Children’s Songbook, it’s one from the hymn book! I love to include at least one Latter-day Saints hymn each year as young children love hearing songs they recognize in Sacrament meeting!

1. Come, Follow Me – Ribbon Wands

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We’ll follow this simple Come, Follow Me ribbon pattern that flows with the song as we sing along. Using movement can get the kids engaged and help them feel the rhythm of the song. It also makes reviewing the song fun and it’s easy to sneak in lots of repetition!

2. Come, Follow Me – Bar Graph

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I created a printable Come, Follow Me bar graph, to make prep as easy as the print button! The musical staff is represent for the top most note, the higher the note, the higher the bar on the chart! Plus, a little color coordinating effort to highlight the Savior within the lyrics.

3. Come, Follow Me – Silent Video

I’ll start with a bible video of the Savior inviting the fishers to come and follow him. I plan to use this video clip, here. There are many different bible video short clips you could choose from, though, so select the one that best fits for you.

To fit the video best, I plan to start the video first with no sound or music playing. Then, at about :22 seconds into the clip, I’ll start the music clip for the hymn Come, Follow Me.

I want the prelude music to start before Christ comes into the scene. Then, the song will begin right about at the time you first see Christ and he asks them to follow him.

4. Come, Follow Me – Sand Blocks

Create sand blocks using pool noodles! Simple cut in rounds every 3″ and then slice each round section in half to create two halves. Each child will need a pair of 3″ halved pool noodles. These are great for swishing, clapping, patsch, etc!

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Here’s the pattern I’m planning for using with Come, Follow Me:

  • Swish, 6 beats – Rub back and forth together “Come Follow Me the”
  • Clap, 6 beats – Clap sand blocks together “Savior said”
  • Patsch, 3 beats (6 beats the last time through) – Pat sand blocks down on lap – “then let us”
  • Repeat pattern 3 times!

5. Come, Follow Me – Puzzle Picture

Printable Puzzles activity and lesson plan ideas for Come Follow My Hymn! Perfect for Primary Music Leaders or for LDS home bible study.

Cut pictures from Christ’s life up into puzzle pieces. This could follow an actual puzzle piece grid, or just be cut in long strips or in big squares – whatever works best for you! Grab my printable picture puzzles and see the rest of the lesson plan here. This can be a powerful tool for helping the children picture being there in Christ’s day! Just call on some church leaders to help you portray Christ.

6. Come, Follow Me – Painting

Come Follow Me Painting Lesson Plan - Paint, color, or trace these pictures of Christ's life as you introduce the hymn, Come, Follow Me. Or use this lesson plan idea in your home bible study! Great for LDS families and Primary Music Leaders.

Color or paint in these fun outline pictures from Christ’s life. You can engage the kids by helping this pictures come to life!

Then, explain how these events really took place during the Savior’s life and how we might emulate his life’s example. Grab our lesson plan and printables for this Painting Pictures activity!

7. Come, Follow Me – Fishermen Acting Scene

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I’ll use 3-4 volunteers to act out a simple scene of Christ calling the apostles to follow him in Matt 4:19. Then the actors will walk around the room while the rest of the primary sings through the song.

This fun activity will get many in the Primary involved, make the song come to life, and draw a connection to the scriptures!

8. Come, Follow Me – Hands & Feet

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For this activity, I’ll try to engage the kids senses with an object lesson. I’ll share simple stories, and examples, from Christ’s life about hands and feet. Finally, we’ll draw it back to the song asking how we can use our hands and our feet to follow the Savior.

9. Come Follow Me – Footsteps Maze

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Use this cute themed maze printable in 1-page or 4-page size to teach about staying on the correct path following Jesus! Grab the Come Follow Me Footsteps Maze over here and use the fun singing time activities to incorporate it into your lesson plan for teaching this song!

10. Come, Follow Me – Use a Sing-Along Video

This Come Follow Me Sing Along video adds the lyrics to all 4 verses with pictures and an easy way for the kids to sing right along with the music. I really like using a sing-along video to introduce the song!

11. Come, Follow Me – Footsteps Review

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Use these cute footprints to hide the lyrics with one song phrase under the each of the kids chairs and then have the kids put the lyrics in order as they follow behind a picture of Jesus Christ! Head over to Camille’s Primary Ideas to see this singing time activity. So fun to see what another Primary Music Leader comes up with for teaching this song to the Primary children!

12. Come, Follow Me – Color Code

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Do you think your Senior Primary kids can solve this crack the code? Head over to Sharla Dance website to grab this Come Follow Me Color Code fun Primary singing time idea and the guide to the different color codes used in this activity.

13 More Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas

Looking for even MORE different ways to teach Come Follow Me Hymn in Primary? Here’s 13 more ideas to help if you didn’t find something you loved above.

  1. Come Follow Me Handbells Chart (Take 10% off with code PrimarySinging)
  2. Egg Shakers Pass
  3. Squiggle Map
  4. Mirror Image
  5. Come Follow Me Piano Arrangement Video
  6. Come Follow Me ASL signs
  7. Roll Rhythm Sticks
  8. Come Follow Me Hymn Karaoke
  9. Magic Crayon
  10. Come Follow Me New Song Violin Duet Arrangement
  11. Matching Phrases
  12. Role Play Do as I’m Doing
  13. Come Follow Me Video on the Church of Jesus Christ website (can be downloaded!)

Head over next to see our 12 Baptism Singing Time ideas next!

8 Singing Time Lesson plans for the Primary Song Baptism - A helpful resource for LDS Primary Music Leaders and home study of Come, Follow Me.

What are the best ways you’ve used for teaching this song this year? Leave your ideas in the comments to add to this resource for other readers!

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4 thoughts on “25 Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas”

  1. This is wonderful! I love the bar graph idea much more than the melody maps that follow a similar idea. Thank you for sharing so many ideas. One thing, though, is that I’ve heard it’s not appropriate to have someone “act” as Christ in primary.

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