Kindness Begins with Me

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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!

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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! 

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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

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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

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.

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8 thoughts on “Kindness Begins with Me”

  1. I am going in circles trying to find the mentioned lesson plan.? one link takes me to the index which brings me back to here. No lesson plan link found.? help!

    1. Hi Debi!

      Sorry for the confusion. In order to access the printables, you’ll need to reference the email that was sent when you signed up. I see that you have signed up to receive my emails, hopefully you were able to access it.

      ~Camille

  2. You’re wonderful to share your work free of charge! It shows such a genuine love for what you do, without needing a reward for it. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your resources as a fellow song leader!

    1. Hi Ashley!

      That is so kind of you to say! I know it’s a weird hobby but I seriously LOVE singing time! And I especially love being able to help others, it’s a true joy for me. It’s comments like these that make what I do totally worth it so thank you!

      ~Camille

  3. hi Camille ,
    We used your idea for kindness begins with me, for singing time today we had the kids figure out the word kindness using hangman idea, we passed a fake gold coin instead of flowers, but than had the kids answer the question about showing kindness and then put the dot stickers on bishop (another one of your ideas) , it’s fast Sunday and that’s when our bishopric comes to primary, for singing review songs, and to please come back after class and take 2 real flowers home and give them to their mom, sister, aunt cousin, neighbor etc. to show kindness at home. Thank you for inspiration. Your ideas are always so helpful especially when you’re in a pinch as a PP I always read your posts early in the week so I have the most amazing singing time if we get in a pinch and do not have a music leader.

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