Oh, your Primary is going to have so much fun with this I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle! It’s the perfect way to teach the lyrics for the first time or to challenge the children to see how well they know the song as a review game.
This song is perfect to teach in November as part of the Old Testament Primary Come Follow Me Songs as it’s one of the suggested songs of the month. Even if you only spend a week or two with this song, you’ll be glad you did! It has a great message for these Primary children to hear!
**See 20 fun ways to teach I Want to Live the Gospel Singing Time ideas & activities over here!**
I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle
How to Play:
Pick out which style you want to play:
Lyrics – Decode the clues line by line through the song – best for learning the song. (Print the Lyrics Style – no labeled boxes needed).
Across/Down – Start with the clues in order – great for review or after a few weeks with the song (Print the Across/Down style with labeled squares).
Sing through I Want to Live the Gospel (flip chart) once, before introducing this singing time idea.
Now, show the crossword puzzle.
Read the first clue, and have the kids help you answer the first clue. Sing through the song for help if they need guidance for filling in the missing word.
You’ll fill in the clues either in the order of the lyrics (easier version for Junior Primary) or you can use the across/down clues and give them just one short piece of the lyrics and have the kids help fill in the blank!
Continue singing through the song and answer in 1-2 clues each time.
You’ll get in so much singing repetition while having a lot of fun and really helping the children to learn exactly what the words are!
- Word Bank – Up the challenge without the help of lyrics! The words will interconnect and help with the words to use.
- Color Words – Pick an action to add for each color! Or, sing the keywords that match any color you’re wearing!
- Sing & Clap – Sing the colored keywords with extra volume and excitement! Add a clap for each keyword!
For more fun ideas for incorporating this activity in singing time, or simply another fun puzzle to use in Primary, head over to see our Seek the Lord Early Crossword Puzzle!
I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle Printable Lesson Plan
I’m sharing several different printable options for this I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle! You can go with the colors version that uses bold or pastel colors (no numbers needed) to let the kids fill in the blanks by matching the colors as they go!
Or, opt for the across and down crossword style that uses the clues tied to a specific number. You can then use the clues in order that the lyrics appear or follow them in order of the boxes (1A, 2A, 3A…)
I’ve made the printable available in a 1-page format for easy printing or individuals to use or you can print in the 4-page style! Need it bigger? Just use the poster printer settings with the 1-page style!
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Head over next to another fun way to teach this song with our I Want to Live the Gospel Four Corners activity!
What other fun ways could you extend this I Want to Live the Gospel Crossword Puzzle activity? How did this activity go with your Primary kiddos?