A Song of Thanks Primary Singing Time Idea

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This A Song of Thanks Primary Singing Time Idea incorporates simple key words, pictures and optional handbells!  It’s wonderful to sing around Thanksgiving or any time you want to teach about all the blessings Heavenly Father has given us.

I love to use handbells in Primary but if your Primary doesn’t have handbells, don’t worry!  I have a variation for teaching this Primary song using similar visuals just without handbells.

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Song of Thanks Primary Singing Time Ideas using handbells or actions

A Song of Thanks Printable

To teach this song, you need 4 images that represent 4 major keywords found in A Song of Thanks:

  • World
  • Food
  • Birds
  • Everything

I created this printable using those 4 keywords, illustrations from Susan Fitch and handbell chords:

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Song of Thanks Primary Singing Time Ideas using handbells or actions

The notes on each page are chords.  Those 3 chord notes are to be played at the same time that the keyword on the page is sung.  For example, when “world” is sing, the noes C E and A# all ring.

However, if you don’t have handbells, use the same printables that do not include handbells:

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Song of Thanks Primary Singing Time Ideas using handbells or actions

Access these printables at my Resource Library.  Instructions for accessing the Resource Library are found at the bottom of this post.

A Song of Thanks Flip Chart

Post the words as needed using A Song of Thanks flip chart.

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

A Song of Thanks Singing Time Idea

With handbells:

Print the 4 printables that include handbells.  Pass out handbells and have children ring the 3 bell notes when the keyword on that page is sung in the song.

Those without handbells can sing.  Repeat with new ringers and new singers.  Post the words as needed using this flip chart format.

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

Without handbells:

Print the 4 pages that do not include handbells.  Create actions for each phrase found in the song:

  • Thank thee for the world so sweet: Make a large circle with arms to represent a world
  • Thank thee for the food we eat: mimic eating food with hands
  • Thank thee for the birds that sing: cross thumbs together to create “wings” with hands and make them flap
  • Thank thee, God, for ev’rything: hold arms out to represent everything

Divide the children into 4 groups, having each group sing one phrase while performing the associated action.  Post the words as needed.  Rearrange groups and repeat until each child has been in each group.

Bear Testimony

Bear testimony that we need to remember to thank Heavenly Father for all our blessings.

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These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > A Song of Thanks.

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