LDS Song When We’re Helping


When We’re Helping is a classic Primary song that teaches children about serving!  All you need are a few household supplies placed in a basket and you’re ready to teach When We’re Helping in singing time!

I love that this singing time lesson plan demonstrates specific examples of HOW children can help at home.  And even better, use simple items found around your house to easily explain!

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When We’re Helping LDS Song

For the lesson plan, gather items in a basket that family members might need help with.  This is a list of objects to possibly include:

  1. Plastic dishes (do the dishes)
  2. Dolls (play together)
  3. Tools (help around the house)
  4. Picture books (read to a sibling)
  5. Clothing (put clothes away)
  6. Junk mail (get the mail)
  7. Boxed food (eat your dinner)
  8. Toothbrush (brush your own teeth)
  9. Balls (play together)
  10. Large serving spoons (help with dinner)
  11. Tissue boxes (help someone who is sick)
  12. Book of Mormon (read scriptures)
  13. Dish Scrubber (help with the dishes
  14. Glue (help with a craft project)
  15. Notepad (do your homework)
  16. Playdoh (share)
  17. Pen (write a kind note)
  18. Small toys (play with a sibling)
  19. Vegetables (eat your dinner!)
  20. Electronics (get off when asked)
  21. Soap (take a bath/shower)
  22. etc.

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Depending on the size of your Primary you will need more or less objects.  But aim for having about 1 item per Primary child.

Then bring a second basket for the items to all be placed into at the end.

Singing Time Idea

Tell the children that there are lots of ways we serve our family members at home.  And serving makes us feel a certain way.  Listen to the song as the teachers and I sing it and tell me how helping makes us feel [happy].
Post words using a flip chart like I do if necessary.
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Sing the the song again while passing out items right after each other.  Have the first child in the front (try to pass on the beat) pass to the next child and the next child, and so on.
Thus creating a big long “S” throughout the rows of Primary kids.
Alternatively, have the kids sit or stand in a large circle.  Place an empty basket at the back of the Primary, next to the last child.
The goal being to have all the kids “help” put the items in the basket by the time the song is finished, going through each family member (mother, father, sister, brother, etc.).

Repeat singing the song slower if you needed more time to finish putting everything away.  Repeat singing the song faster if finished early the last time (or do both!).

Time permitting, discuss each item and how it relates to serving at home.  Then sing the verses to the song in between.

Additional Movement

When you sing “tra la la…” on the 2nd verse, choose an idea to to serve various family members and create an action for that.  For instance, to help mom cook, create a pot with one arm and stir it using the other hand.  Other ideas include:

  1. Sewing
  2. vacuuming
  3. mowing the lawn
  4. Doing the dishes
  5. Washing the dog
  6. etc.

Demonstration Video

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