Come Follow Me

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Teach the hymn, Come, Follow Me in singing time using this simple stepping activity!  Your Primary will LOVE getting closer to the Savior by following in his footsteps!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas using footsteps

These ideas come from the 2015 Outline for Sharing Time Helps for the music leader found HERE and Sister Pat Graham’s 2015 lesson plan notes HERE.

When Teaching Hymns in Singing Time

When we learn hymns in Primary, I recommend only teaching the 1st verse (and/or any verses that are otherwise specified).  Reason being, the hymns usually have big verbiage and can easily become overwhelming to those little kids (okay, and me!!).
 
But that said, I ALWAYS teach the hymn to ALL the Primary – including those littles.  It’s important that they become familiar with these sacred hymns.  If you want the other verses as part of the program, a great idea is to incorporate the congregation on the rest of the verses.

Footsteps

You will need these footsteps that contain the words to the entire 1st verse of the hymn:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas using footsteps

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

Print on 4 different colors of card stock (optional), cut out and laminate.  Find what I recommend for singing time office supplies HERE.

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Come Follow Me Singing Time Idea

Before primary, tape the 8 footsteps under 8 chairs or around the room.
 
Pass out rhythm sticks.  Those can include:
  • 2 pencils
  • 2 popsicle/craft sticks
  • Maori sticks

Finger tapping together works in a pinch.

Ask the children to “Follow Me!” [tap the rhythm] while the piano plays and you (and the teachers sing the song.  Post words like I do HERE

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

Tap again and ask how many times we sing the words “follow me” [1].  Tap again and ask them to listen for words that mean:

  1. walk/step [tread]
  2. united/alike [be one]
  3. in the following way [thus]
  4. to become the father of [begotten]
TIP: It may be helpful to have the definitions written on the board before Primary and then write in the answers as they are defined by the children.  
Repeat as many times as is necessary to define everything.
 
Then Place a picture of Christ on the top right of the board:

Download and print this picture HERE from the Church’s website. Or take one from the Gospel Art Book (GAB).  Purchase one online HERE or at your local  Distribution Center.  Then see how I’ve taken mine all apart HERE.  

Gospel Art Book taken apart to use visuals for singing time
Once your picture of Christ is on the board, ask the children to look under their chairs or around the room.  Once found, children with the footsteps come tape them to the board in order.  Start at the bottom right corner, opposite the picture of Christ.
 
Echo each phrase and add on until all the footsteps are in order, on the board and have led to Christ.  Continue tapping the rhythm as you like.

Time Permitting

Time permitting, ask the children to “Follow Me!” again and teach them the 3/4 conducting pattern using their sticks:

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that if we do what Jesus asks, we can become like Him.

More Singing Time Ideas

Find more singing time ideas for teaching Come, Follow Me HERE.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Come Follow Me Singing Time Ideas using footsteps

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Come Follow Me.

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7 thoughts on “Come Follow Me”

  1. Camille!

    You saved my bacon! This was exactly what I was looking to do, I just didn't have it all formulated in my mind yet. It's been a crazy holiday weekend. I appreciate piggy backing off your talents this week! Thank you so much!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your talents! I love your plans and use them often. They are simple, effective, engaging, and inspired! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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