Dive into teaching this beloved hymn with these assortment of fun The Iron Rod Singing time ideas! There’s a bit of something for everyone in your Primary room with engaging activities that hit all of the different Primary learning styles.
The Iron Rod is recommended to be taught to your Primary children as part of the 2024 Book of Mormon Songs for Come Follow Me list this year. It’s part of the January recommended list of songs to teach.
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The Iron Rod Teaching Packet
The Iron Rod Flip Charts
Make it easy and fun to teach this song using this The Iron Rod Flip Chart! There’s a variety of different flipchart styles to pick from including a colorful art flip chart with a variety of print options that will fit no matter what style you prefer plus various other styles including a slideshow and lyrics only options.
9 The Iron Rod Singing Time Ideas
This post will help you find all of my The Iron Rod 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. The Iron Rod – Pipe Chimes
Bring in your pipe chimes for this fun activity that will chime along with the melody! Head over here to find The Iron Rod Pipe Chimes printable chart to help!
2. The Iron Rod – Movement Words
Get up and moving with this series of 4 different actions to complete as you sing through the song to add purposeful movement! You’ll find the set of The Iron Rod Movement Words over in this post including a full lesson plan and printable song helps.
3. The Iron Rod – First Letters
Can you pick out which verses is which with this fun The Iron Rod First Letters idea? It’s a great way to sing through the song on review as they have a first letter of each word to help remind them of what comes next.
4. The Iron Rod – Pass the Rod
Play a game similar to hot potato with this clever The Iron Rod Pass the Rod game! You’ll get to sing through the song a bunch of different times while having everyone involved in your activity that doesn’t take away from singing!
5. The Iron Rod – Picture Puzzle
Use these song visuals to remind the children of the lyrics for the verse in this The Iron Rod Picture Puzzle activity! There is a variety of different ways to use these visuals to help you teach The Iron Rod to your Primary children.
6. The Iron Rod – Mad Gab
Engage those logical thinkers in this fun The Iron Rod Mad Gab activity Can they read the silly phrase out loud and have the rest of the Primary identify the correct words of the song lyrics as you review or learn the song line by line?
7. The Iron Rod – Silent Video
You’ll love this spiritual connection activity as you introduce an The Iron Rod Silent Video into your Primary. It’s a wonderful way to slow down the pace from an upbeat activity and help invite the Spirit to touch their hearts as you try something a little different.
8. The Iron Rod – Paper Plates
Now, bring in a homemade instrument using paper plates and then follow along with this fun The Iron Rod Paper Plates Pattern! It’s flexible to fit however you’d best like to use it with the song lyrics as you have some fun moving and swishing your paper plates.
9. The Iron Rod Sing-Along Video
Help introduce this song for the first week or send home this sweet The Iron Rod Sing Along video to your Primary families to help review the song. You’ll sing along with a fun ukulele backdrop and the lyrics on the screen to help!
13 More Ways to Teach The Iron Rod
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. The Iron Rod – 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 Hymns Collection set of songs. Use the coupon code PrimarySinging to save 10%.
2. The Iron Rod – Paper Actions
This cute couple came up with a fun set of actions using a rolled up paper as your iron rod. Start the video at 3:46 to catch the paper actions and follow along!
3. The Iron Rod – Dance Scarves
Bring out your dance scarves and add in purposeful representation of the lyrics with this scarf pattern. It’s simple but fun!
4. The Iron Rod – Rhythm Sticks Tapping
Here’s a fun way to use the rhythm and add in some movement, too. You can see the Pencil Rhythms video here. I much prefer full rhythm sticks to pencils, if you have the budget. They have a much better quality sound and feel and are easier to hold.
Rhythm sticks are a very versatile instrument to use in Primary and the boys especially love using them! You can pick up a set of rhythm sticks on Amazon here. To get even more use out of your set of rhythm sticks, I have this really cool set of printable Rhythm Sticks pattern cards to help you come up with varied sequences!
5. Sing a Story (Facebook Group)
6. Rhythm Sticks Rhythm (Facebook Group)
7. Clapping Pattern (Facebook Group)
8. Piano Accompaniment Sheet Music (Terri Hutchings Blog)
9. Hang from a Rod! (Facebook Group)
10. Melody Map (Facebook Group)
11. Rhythm and Sticks (Sharla Dance)
12. Hand Actions (YouTube)
13. Ribbon Wand Pattern (YouTube)
For more activities, see these Nephi’s Courage Singing Time ideas!
What other fun The Iron Rod singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.