The Primary song The Lord Gave Me a Temple is one of the suggested songs we have available to teach to your Primary kids as part of the New Testament Come Follow Me Primary Songs list in August. You’ll be ready to teach this song, or even just give the kids a little exposure to a new song, with this fun and easy The Lord Gave Me a Temple Draw the Song lesson plan!
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Draw the Song
How to Play:
Sing through The Lord Gave Me a Temple (flip chart here) once, before introducing this song. It gives you a fresh start with the song and helps to transition to the new activity.
Teach the first half of the first line of the song by singing the line and drawing the coordinating shape – a temple – in the air in front of you or on the white board. Either one works. Have the children repeat singing the line and drawing a temple in the air.
Sing through the first entire line and add an additional drawing next for grass to represent the earth. Ask what the grass represents from the song?
Continue to build your way through the song starting from the beginning and adding another line one at a time with the next symbol as well. Each drawing will help the children know which part comes next and helps to have a visual connection to the lyrics.
You’ll get tons of singing repetition in while building up the lyrics of the song.
Now, draw all the shapes together in one picture on the white board to help set the scene and connect all of the lyrics together. Ask, what does the temple represent in this song? Did you know that this song is talking about our body being our personal temple? How does that change how you feel about taking care of your body?
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Drawings:
- Temple – Draw temple
- Earth – Add grass
- Heaven – Draw a cloud
- Home – Draw a door
- Brighter – Add a sun
- Spirit – Add a stick figure
- Alternate singing between each part that coordinates with a drawing to half the room. So the right half of the room sings the first ½ of a line of the song “The Lord gave me a temple…” and then the other half of the room finishes the line “to live within on earth.” The side of the room not singing draws the picture. Have each side of the room face each other to help it feel more collaborative working together!
- Add an action to represent each of the drawing words. Stomp on each word instead of singing them. “The Lord gave me a *stomp-stomp* to live within on *stomp*…”
- Extend this activity by adding additional draw the song pictures for the 2nd verse! Let the Primary kiddos help you come up with the shapes and patterns to draw and which keywords they want to pick out.
For another fun activity that uses drawing to connect to the lyrics, head over to see this Behold the Great Redeemer Die Draw the Shapes lesson plan!
The Lord Gave Me a Temple Draw the Song Printable 1-page Drawing Guide
You’ll find a free 1-page printable drawing guide included here in this post. It’s shows the different drawings all combined into a single picture. You can use this as a reference to remind you of each of the drawings or to help give you an idea on how they all come together at the end. Or, simply reveal the pattern by posting this page up on the board!
You’ll find additional printable helps included in the INSTANT Primary Singing membership including a 2-page separate drawings guide and full page drawing cards. These are included when The Lord Gave Me a Temple is the featured song of the month.
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What other fun ways could you adapt or extend this The Lord Gave Me a Temple Draw the Song activity with your Primary children?
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