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Nephi’s Courage 1st and 2nd Verse

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This singing time idea teaches the 1st and 2nd verses to Nephi’s Courage.  It uses some simple actions for the chorus and some fun stick puppets for the verses.  The first 2 verses go together nicely since they are all about the story of Nephi.  Below is a link for teaching the 3rd verse if you need.  
 
My popsicle puppets were created using Susan Fitch artwork:
 
The colored artwork is available on her Etsy shop HERE, or a black and white version is available free on her blog HERE. UPDATE:  Now complete with Laban!
 
Print the images images pictured above on white card stock, laminate, cut out and attach to a popsicle stick.  I may swap out the popsicle stick for a paint stick so they are a little bigger.
 
Also available is a free version I created using images from comeuntochrist.org but it’s no cocmparison to Susan Fitch’s free black and white artwork in my opinion:
 
Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage singing time idea stick puppets
Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage singing time idea stick puppets
Camille's Primary Ideas: Nephi's Courage singing time idea stick puppets
The artwork for Nephi and Laman and Lemuel is from HERE. Laban and the plates is from HERE.  The boat from HERE.  This is what they look like colored and completed:
 
You can download these images using my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing my Resource Library is found at the bottom of this post.  Once downloaded, print on card stock, color, and tape to popsicle sticks.
 

Teaching Nephi’s Courage:

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)
  • (REPEAT)
After the chorus is learned pull out the puppets.  Tell the kids they are going to put on a puppet show.
 
Have 4 kids come hold the figures for the first verse: Nephi, Lamen and Lemuel, Laban and the plates.  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).
 
Try to use half the Primary on the 1st verse taking turns with the puppets in order to 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 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.

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Category Title > Nephi’s Courage.

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16 thoughts on “Nephi’s Courage 1st and 2nd Verse”

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    Thanks for your ideas. I was trying to combine many of the great suggestions as well. FYI the first verse is about Laban and the plates. The second verse is about the boat. 🙂

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    Sorry, this is a late response but maybe it can still help out…

    Christine, I didn't do a backdrop. Thought about it but then decided it would be too much work so the kids just stood there. With the Jr. I put my hand on their head so they'd know when to raise up their puppets.

    Bonnie, I just copied and pasted the webpages onto Pages (similar to Microsoft Word but on Mac) and then kind of played with the sizes. I really didn't need to change much. Then I just printed ALL the pictures out and discarded the ones I didn't use which was a lot but whatever works, right?

    Hope that helps.

    Everyone else, glad to help. For our Primary, it was a hit. The kids enjoyed the puppets and then being involved with the actions for the chorus.

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      Sorry about that…the kids just basically came up front and held the puppet. When we sang about that puppet, they just held it up. Some kids did a little more "acting" than others but for the most part it was simple. For Jr. primary I'd put my hand on their heads when their puppet should be held up. I did have some teachers come and do it and that was fun as they really hammed it up. I hope that helps. Good luck this week!!

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    Hi Cherie,

    Susan and I both overlooked that she's got no Laban. There is one if you are using the lds.org options. But I spoke with Susan and she will get Laban added this week (because she's the best!). Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

    ~Camille

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