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!
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5 Come Follow Me Teaching Ideas Packet
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Come Follow Me Flip Charts
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!
How to teach the song Come Follow Me?
You can teach the song Come Follow Me with a picture puzzle. You’ll connect the scene of the song lyrics while the Primary children try to put the pictures back together. The next week you can bring sand blocks to bring the melody to life while learning the lyrics.
Then, use any of these great teaching ideas to help the children quickly learn this song while having fun!
9 Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my Come Follow 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. Come, Follow Me – Ribbon Wands
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
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! The kids will have so much fun clapping, patting, swishing, etc with a set of sand blocks to make the music come to life. You can grab the Come Follow Me Sand Blocks pattern here, with printables!
5. Come, Follow Me – Puzzle Picture
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
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
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
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
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!
16 More Different Ways to Teach Come Follow Me
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 – Hand Bells
Head over to Merry Bells to find a fun play along bell chart or printable Come Follow Me Handbells Chart. Don’t forget to use the coupon code PrimarySinging to save 10% off your order.
2. 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!
3. Come, Follow Me – Footsteps Review
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!
4. Come, Follow Me – Color Code
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.
5. Egg Shakers Pass (YouTube)
6. Squiggle Map (Teaching Primary Music)
7. Mirror Image (YouTube)
8. Come Follow Me Piano Arrangement Video (YouTube)
9. Come Follow Me ASL signs (YouTube)
10. Roll Rhythm Sticks (YouTube)
11. Come Follow Me Hymn Karaoke (YouTube)
12. Magic Crayon (Teaching Primary Music)
13. Come Follow Me New Song Violin Duet Arrangement (YouTube)
14. Matching Phrases (Teaching Primary Music)
15. Role Play Do as I’m Doing (Teaching Primary Music)
16. Come Follow Me Video on the Church of Jesus Christ website (can be downloaded!)
Head over next to see Jesus Once Was a Little Child Singing Time ideas next!
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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”
Thank you! I’m so grateful to have found this! I’m excited to use a few over the next few weeks!
Thank you so much!!! This is exactly what I was looking for!
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.
The handbook states an adult male can. 🙂