Teach Kindness Begins with Me in singing time using flowers! This lesson plan tweaks 2 favorite children’s games – hangman and hot potato all while demonstrating kindness to others!
Use the the Kindness Flowers activity found in the November 2014 Friend magazine to introduce this Primary song! It’s basically a “kind” version of hangman!
How to Teach Kindness Begins with Me using Kindness Flowers
Using the instructions from the Kindness Flowers activity, have the children guess the phrase, “kindness begins with me.”
TIP: to move the activity along more quickly, fill in all the vowels before you start.
When the phrase is discovered, briefly discuss why it’s important to be kind and how kindness begins with us. Sometimes when we want to show kindness to someone else, we bring them flowers.
Show some flowers (they can be real or fake). You need 2 or 3 separate flowers or bunches (depending on the size of your Primary) that can be passed around the room.
Available is a printable to create your own paper flowers as an alternative:
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Print on card stock, cut out, laminate (optional) and adhere to a craft stick. Any kind of stick will work too.
Kindness Begins with Me Flip Chart
Make sure to post the words using this flip chart format.
Kindness Begins with Me Singing Time Idea
Pass out flowers randomly throughout your Primary. As you and the teachers sing, instruct the children to pass the flowers along (KINDLY!). Similar to the game, hot potato.
When the song ends, those holding the flowers answer how they show kindness. I recommend categorizing how they show kindness to help get better answers between rounds:
How do I show kindness:
- in my family
- to the earth
- in my classroom
- at church
- when at a friend’s home
- on the playground
- after dinner
- when driving in the car
- to a stranger
- to Heavenly Father
Repeat until all the children have hopefully had a turn to tell how they can show kindness.
Bear testimony that the best way to share the gospel is to be kind! Being kind doesn’t take much, even if it’s just sharing a smile.
Check out this demonstration video for teaching Kindness Begins with Me in singing time using this lesson plan:
More Kindness Begins with Me Singing Time Ideas
These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Kindness Begins with Me.