I’m going to teach the 1st and 2nd verses to Nephi’s Courage this Sunday in singing time and then the 3rd verse next week. The first 2 verses go together nicely since they are all about Nephi.
I’m going to teach this song using popsicle puppets that Susan Fitch created:
The colored artwork is available on her Etsy shop HERE
, or a black and white version is available on her blog HERE
. UPDATE: Now complete with Laban!
I have her colored images pictured above that I printed on white card stock, laminated, cut out and attached to a popsicle stick. I may swap out the popsicle stick for a paint stick so they are a little bigger.
You can also use Nephi and Laman and Lemuel from HERE
, Laban and the plates from HERE
, and the boat from HERE
. These images all originated from churchofjesuschrist.org.
If using these images, copy them onto a Word document, enlarge them to be the sizes you like and then print each page on card stock (discard the extra images). Color, and tape to popsicle sticks.
As for teaching, I’m going to use these simple actions for the CHORUS ONLY. I’ll teach the actions first before pulling out the stick puppets. Here are the actions:
- I will go (punch air upward/outward with fist – superhero-style like)
- I will do (punch again with other fist)
- the thing the Lord commands (asl for “commands” found HERE)
- I know the Lord provides a way (point to forehead)
- he wants me to obey (soldier salute as if standing at attention)
After the chorus is learned I’ll pull out the puppets. I’m going to tell the kids they are going to put on a puppet show. I’ll have 4 kids come hold the figures for the first verse: Nephi, Lamen and Lemuel, Laban and the plates. Then I’ll tell the Primary we are going to sing the story to the puppeteers as they act out what we are singing (posting words as necessary and having teachers help sing or playing the song on CD). I’ll try to use half the Primary on the 1st verse taking turns with the puppets so we can sing it a few times. The puppeteers will also be in charge of leading the Primary in the chorus actions.
Same thing for the second verse but we’ll use Nephi, Laman and Lemuel and the boat.
Find my lesson plan for teaching the 3rd verse HERE
*If you have a very large primary, I’d suggest printing several copies so each class will get a set of puppets. Teachers can choose children to work the puppets from their seats as indicated in the lesson plan above.