Who is the Child?

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Who Is the Child? is another wonderful Christmas primary song that often gets overlooked!  It’s written in a simple question and answer form and my lesson plan utilizes that format while using scarves for added movement. Also included is a bell chart – because – why not?  All Christmas songs should be sung with the bells!!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Who is the Child? singing time lesson plan idea

I created a simple flip chart that contains several of Susan Fitch’s beautiful illustrations found HERE.

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The first verse to Who Is the Child? asks all the questions.  And the second verse provides answers.  This is the printable I created to be posted on the board.  It showcases the questions and answers:

Camille's Primary Ideas: Who is the Child? singing time lesson plan idea

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I LOVE how the movement of this song is so soft!  It makes me want to sway with a scarf!  If you don’t have scarves, I HIGHLY recommend you get some for your primary!  You can find more details on where I purchased mine in my shop HERE.

Here are the actions to be used with scarves:

1st Verse

  • Who is the child in in the swaddling clothes, lying asleep in the manger?: Take the scarf and cradle it in the crook of your arm as if you are rocking a baby to sleep.
  • Mary and Joseph watch nearby: Place the scarf on your head to create headwear similar to what Mary and Joseph would wear.
  • Who is this little stranger?: Hold the corners of the scarf and raise it up to cover your face as if hiding.

2nd Verse

  • Hush now, the child is the Son of God:  Take the scarf in your fist and bring it up to your lips like you are saying “shh” with your pointer extended.
  • Jesus is quietly sleeping: Take the scarf and cradle it in the crook of your arm as if you are rocking a baby to sleep.
  • Shepherds have come to worship him:  Wave the scarf up and down with both hands in a worshipping motion.
  • Angels their watch are keeping: Create a large circle with the scarf that goes above the head down to the knees.

Once you’ve finished with the actions and the kids are familiar with the song, bring in the bells!  If you are unfamiliar with handbells, check out my post HERE.

My handbell chart for Who Is the Child? is for the melody.  Since the song is so short, the melody seemed an appropriate bell chart.

Camille's Primary Ideas: Who is the Child? singing time lesson plan idea

Access my bell chart in my Resource Library.

Make sure to check out all my Christmas singing time lesson plan ideas HERE.

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And find all my lesson plans that incorporate handbells HERE.

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > Who Is the Child?

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4 thoughts on “Who is the Child?”

  1. Thank you for this lesson plan. This is such a simple, sweet song. I feel like it’s often overlooked. We’re singing it this year in Sacrament meeting and I’m excited to teach it to the children.

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