Pull out your paper plates, a fun and inexpensive instrument option, and have some fun with this When I Am Baptized activity! This activity works great for both Junior and Senior Primary!
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When I Am Baptized Paper Plates
This fun paper plates pattern will work for either verse, I’m outlining how it flow for the first verse here, but you can apply the exact same patter for the 2nd verse.
I plan to use this fun paper plate pattern for the 2nd verse. We’ll start with singing the full song through once. Then, review the 2nd verse one more time.
I’ll then demonstrate the pattern and ask the Primary to follow along with their hands. We work through the song once time again while they mimic with their hands.
I ask them next if they know the pattern and are ready for their paper plates. In Junior, you can give them time to color the plates if you want while you repeat the song a few times through.
You’ll also likely want to simplify the pattern to just 2 repeating movements for Junior Primary to make it easier for them. Pick your favorite two movements for the 1st verse, and a different two patterns for the 2nd verse.
In Senior Primary, though, they’ll like the quick changing paces. It will give them a challenge to keep up with.
You should be able to make your way through the song 3-4 times. I like to do a double speed pace for the final time through. The kids always love the fast version!
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Paper plates are so much fun to use in Primary! After you’ve master the pattern below, head over to see our Keep the Commandments Paper Plates pattern next!
When I Am Baptized Paper Plates Pattern Explained
Alternate Clapping with Plates – Clap one big clap to the left, then to the right and repeat. Clapping on every main beat.
Shuffle Plates Together – Rub the paper plates together in front of you, forward and back quickly with each half-note.
Double Clap – Pause each half-note, then double- clap with the paper plates on the keywords.
Alternate Patting Legs – Hold one paper plate in each hand and pat one plate on your right thigh with the first half-note, then to your left thigh with your plate in your left hand. Repeat through this section.
Dab Plates – Dab both plates (one in each hand) to the left, than right, and left again.
Pat Legs – Repeat same pattern as above.
Swish Above Head – Repeat same pattern as above.
Paper Plates Pattern Video:
Here’s a quick demonstration of the pattern to help you learn/understand the moves outlined above.
Practice it a few times before Primary and jot down a few notes to help you remember the moves and you’re ready to go!
Having trouble watching the video above? You can also watch it on my Primary Singing Time Playlist.
When I Am Baptized Paper Plates Pattern Printable
You’ll find the entire pattern above and don’t need any extra printable helps to teach the pattern. To help visual learners learn the pattern, I created a pattern chart as part of the extended printables. There is no free in-post printable for this post.
You’ll find a printable lesson plan, printable paper plates pattern chart, and full page pattern cards included in the INSTANT Primary Singing Membership the month that When I Am Baptized is the featured song.
Head over next to see this fun idea for a When I Am Baptized Comic Strip activity! It’s a great way to learn the words and have fun with art!
What other fun ways could you extend this When I Am Baptized paper plates lesson plan in your Primary room?