The Still Small Voice

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The Still Small Voice Primary singing time idea relates the the characteristics of the holy ghost to familiar and unfamiliar household items.   Your Primary will sing over and over again to try to discover what each item is and how it relates to the holy ghost.

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I love how this singing time idea uses children’s sense of touch!  One of children’s most natural way to learn is by touching!

This idea originates from the #3 object lesson found in the August 2007 Friend Magazine. It coincides perfectly to help teach the message of the The Still Small Voice.  It states:

Use an object lesson … to show how to recognize the Spirit. Prepare a “box with socks” by cutting two holes, about three inches (8 cm) in diameter and about six inches (15 cm) apart, in the bottom of a box.

The box should be large enough to allow a child to put his or her hands in it, but small enough to be held up for the Primary to see.

Without letting the children see the item, put a familiar item in the box, close the top, and turn the box on its side. Hold up the box or place it on a table, and ask a child to insert his or her hands through the socks and try to figure out what is inside.

Open the top of the box so the Primary children can see what the item is. Repeat the activity with different children and objects. Explain that we can easily identify objects that are familiar to us.

Next, give the children objects that are less familiar. If the child cannot name the object, ask him or her to describe the way it feels.

Hidden Object Box for The Still Small Voice

Find a large card board box.  Cut holes on the short sides of the box.  The holes need to be big enough for a child’s hands to fit through. 

TIP: To simplify, use a large gift bag or brown grocery bag instead.

Add this little sign to spruce up your box if you like ;).

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Fold in half and hang from the top of the box.

Items To Place in the Box

Gather these items that relate to the words and message found in the song.

Familiar Items

  • CTR Ring (do what’s right)
  • Flashlight (light)
  • Rope (guide or direct)
  • Stuffed animal (save/safe)

Unamiliar Items

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Still Small Voice singing time idea using a socks box

The list of unfamiliar items is from the June 2019 Friend that gave me a few ideas I loved!

  • Cotton ball or piece of cotton or feather (still,  soft, small)
  • Piece of fabric or very small blanket (comfort)
  • Alarm clock (can warn you of danger)
  • Envelope (messenger from Heavenly Father)
  • Stop sign (know where to go)

The Still Small Voice Singing Time Idea

Discreetly place a familiar or unfamiliar item in the box or bag.  You and the teachers sing the song The Still Small VoicePost the words using this flip chart format

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

As you sing the song, have a child (or several) take a turn to feel for the item in the box or bag without looking at it.  At the end of the song, have the child(ren) guess what the item is.

Reveal the item and discuss how it relates to the holy ghost.  Repeat with a new item until all the items have been revealed and related to the holy ghost.

The Still Small Voice Directive Listening Questions

Time permitting, ask these directive listening questions in between singing and feeling the various items:

  • As I sing, listen for another name for the still small voice. [TheSpirit]
  • As I sing the last two lines again, count how many times you hear the word “listen.” [Four] 
  • As you sing again, Invite the children to sing the word listen” with you each time and to notice that the melody and the words are the same each time.
  • Now as I sing the whole song, listen to find other words that have the same melody as the word “listen.” [Voice, me, right, night]
  • What will the Holy Ghost give me that helps when things get dark? [Give my soul his light] 
  • If I try to do what’s right, where will the still small voice lead me? [Through the night] 
  • This time, listen to discover what the still small voice will save me from. [The evil I may see]
  • Listen for ways the still small voice can help you and me. [GUIDE ME, SAVE ME, DIRECT ME, PROTECT ME]

Bear Testimony

Compare the box experience with recognizing the promptings of the Holy Ghost as stated in the activity:

When we are familiar with the Spirit, we know what it feels like and can easily recognize it. However, when we have not had many experiences with the Spirit, we might not easily recognize the Spirit.

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2 thoughts on “The Still Small Voice”

  1. If you have a Mr. Potato Head toy, use one of the ears from that inside the box. It could be for the repeated “Listen” words of the song. I also have a realistic ear eraser (Google Van Gogh “Ear”aser, ha!)

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