Let’s jump right in teaching this fun upbeat song When We’re Helping this year with this song story that will engage the children to connect with the song in a different way. You’ll read the story a piece at a time then sing a line of the song together that correlates with the story and continue where you left off.
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When We’re Helping Song Story
Sing When We’re Helping (flip chart here) once, before reading your song story aloud.
If you have a small Primary, you might invite the children to come sit on the floor with you huddle up close for story time. Or, you can certainly share your story while the kids are still in their seats.
For this activity, you’ll share the story as animated as you can so the children will be engaged and drawn into the story.
It doesn’t have to be read perfectly and it would be best if you could try to share the pieces you can from memory, just referring back to the page after each part. This will really help the story come to life!
Ask the children if they can help you with your story. When you pause and point to them, you’ll sing one line of the song together. It will help the story come together in a fun way. Do you think you can help with that?
Share the first part of the story, then pause and point. Sing together with the kids the first line of the song.
Continue sharing the story piece by piece with the lines of the song mixed in.
- For a fun additional way to extend this activity, ask a child if they could share a short story about helping in their family. Have everyone sing the 1st or 2nd verse after each story.
- Have the children pretend like THEY have a brand new baby sibling, just like Oliver in the story. While we sing through the song, pretend to take care of your baby sibling. You might rock the baby, show them your toys, help bring the baby wipes to mom, sing them a song, or help tuck your sibling in when it’s time for bed. You can sing the first or 2nd verse or both together as they pretend act. Invite them to share what some of the ways they came up with to help.
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this Stand for the Right Song Story singing time activity!
When We’re Helping Song Story Printable
This free in-post printable includes a 1-page printable song story to use as your guide!
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For another fun way to teach this song – adding in movement and rhythm – check out this When We’re Helping Paper Plates pattern!
What other fun ways will you use this singing time activity in your Primary room?