Now we get to play and sing all kinds of other songs for fun!
I like to get the kids moving since they sit so much in the other hours of church, and I think it's important for them to be able to move for them to learn well.
Soooo...... I'm going to do a stretching/workout routine with this song with them! The idea is for it to be comparable to working out our spiritual muscles. And really you could adapt it for any song. And I'm even thinking about making this a "warm up" song (or activity) as the children are coming in to Primary so they can move but get ready and focused for Sharing Time. I'm super excited about it!
These are some actions I came up with (I'm sure you could probably think of more!):
- With both arms out to sides, move side to side from waist up
- Biceps pump in front of your body (like doing bicep curls with weights)
- Squats (in place or side to side)
- Forward lunges (jump to switch, or step together to switch)
- Muscle flexing
- Reach both hands up
- Bend over and touch toes
- Stretch arms up one at a time (like a sleepy stretch)
- Stretch arms out in front of you and wiggle fingers
And I'll do those in that order for this song. I'll try to describe it, but I'll probably end up making a video so it's easier to understand (I'm totally a visual learner). [By the way, it's probably a good idea to plan on wearing a flowy skirt as opposed to a restricting one when you plan to do this activity. ;)]
- "We believe in being" --- Start with both arms stretched out to your sides, feet apart
- "Honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous" --- Keep that position and bend at waist to one side and then the other (4 times slow, aka: R, L, R, L)
- "And in doing good to all men" --- Biceps pump (either 4 fast ones or 2 slow ones)
- "Indeed we may say that we follow" --- Squats side to side (4 slow ones, aka: R, L, R, L)
- "The admonition of Paul" --- Forward lunges (2 slow step change ones, or 4 quick jumping ones)
- "We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things" --- Muscle flex freestyle! (3, one for each phrase)
- "And hope to be able to endure all things" --- Stretch up with both hands on the word and high note of HOPE, and then slow bend over to touch toes by the end of the phrase
- "If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy" --- Stretch arms up one at a time (6 times, aka: R, L, R, L, R, L)
- "We seek after these things" --- Stretch arms out in front of you and wiggle fingers for a good finger workout/stretch
And there you have it! Something engaging for the kids, super low prep for you, and can be used for probably almost any song. Bingo!
Happy singing. :)