Christmas Primary Singing Time Ideas

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It’s not singing time in December without singing Christmas Primary songs and hymns!  Make sure to sing as many Christmas Primary songs as possible using these Christmas Primary singing time ideas!

My Primary’s absolute favorite is Christmas Singo!  But When Joseph Went to Bethlehen is a close 2nd! also don’t skip teaching an unfamiliar Christmas Primary song found in the songbook!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Primary Singing Time Ideas

Primary Singing Time Christmas

These Christmas Primary singing time ideas are divided into 2 categories (click on the link to jump to that section):

And by all means, if you have a Christmas singing time activity to add, please leave a comment!!

Christmas Themed Singing Time Ideas

1. Christmas Singo:

Camille's Primary Ideas Primary Christmas Singo Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

Like I said, Christmas Singo is an annual favorite that I pull out almost EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR!  Pass out singo sheets.  When a song is called, sing it!  5 in a row wins a prize!!

2. Merry Christmas Singing time

Camille's Primary Ideas: Merry Christmas Singing Time lesson plan from The Friend magazine

Spell MERRY CHRISTMAS all while learning about the reasons for the season AND singing Christmas primary songs!  This Merry Christmas singing time idea also doubles as a great Christmas Primary program for your ward party or similar!

3. Twelve Songs of Christmas

Camille's Primary Ideas: 12 Songs of Christmas activity from the Friend

Have a Song-A-Day Christmas in singing time with this 12 Songs of Christmas singing time idea!

4. Elf Yoga Singing Time

Camille's Primary Ideas: Singing Time Elf Yoga also known as position cards

Singing Time Elf yoga will have your Primary kids moving to various elf yoga positions and loving it!

5. Naughty or Nice Silent Singer

Camille's Primary Ideas: Silent Singer

Primary children love an opportunity to be “naughty” or “nice” with this Naught or Nice Silent Singer singing time activity!

6. Primary Christmas Song Nativity

Camille's Primary Ideas: A Primary Christmas Song Nativity singing time ideas

Create a Primary Christmas Song Nativity in singing time all set to Primary Christmas songs!

7. Christmas Hot 'n Cold

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

Play Hot ‘n Cold in singing time with a Christmas twist!  This simple activity never gets old and is even more fun around the holidays!

8. Handbells for Christmas

Camille's Primary Ideas: Handbells for Christmas singing time ideas

Christmas is the BEST time to bring in handbells!  Try singing any of the Christmas Primary songs using my Christmas Primary song handbell charts.

Primary Christmas Songs

Then don’t skip teaching all the beautiful Christmas Primary songs in the Children’s Songbook and published in the Friend magazine! You will LOVE all of these singing time ideas for teaching them…

9. When Joseph Went to Bethlehem

Camille's Primary Ideas: Using Scarves for Movement

My FAVORITE Christmas singing time lesson plan is teaching When Joseph Went to Bethlehem using scarves!  The scarf actions follow the words in the song so perfectly.

10. Once within a Lowly Stable

Camille's Primary Ideas: Once within a Lowly Stable using a nativity and bells

If you know me, you know I LOVE using handbells at Christmas time!  Use these puppets and handbells to teach Once within a Lowly Stable.

11. Who is the Child?

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

Who is the Child? is written in a simple question and answer form.  This Who is the Child? singing time lesson plan utilizes that format while incorporating scarves for additional movement.

12. Have a Very Merry Christmas

Camille's Primary Ideas: Have a Very Merry Christmas singing time idea using actions and handbells

Here’s a quick and easy lesson plan for the Primary song Have a Very Merry Christmas!  Create simple actions that coincide with the lyrics and add in the handbells as a movement option!

13. Away in a Manger

Camille's Primary Ideas: Away in a Manger Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

14. Oh, Hush Thee My Baby

Camille's Primary Ideas: Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby singing time lesson plan using scarf actions

This simple Christmas singing time lesson plan idea teaches this often overlooked song, Oh, Hush Thee, My Baby. It utilizes scarves that compliment these soft lullaby actions!

15. Sleep Little Jesus

This clever lesson plan to teach Away in a Manger incorporates simple shapes drawn on the board that eventually come together to create a manger scene!  It’s so simple that you don’t even need to be an artist to pull it off! 

Camille's Primary Ideas: Sleep Little Jesus Symbols of Christmas singing time lesson plan activity

Teach Sleep Little Jesus in singing time using simple Christmas symbols!  It doesn’t get more festive than that!

16. Christmas Bells

Camille's Primary Ideas: Christmas Bells Descant Handbell Chart

It should go without saying that you can’t teach Christmas Bells in singing time without handbells!  Use either Christmas Bells descant or Christmas Bells melody handbell charts!

17. Mary's Lullaby

Camille's Primary Ideas: Mary's Lullaby with Handbells

Teach Mary’s Lullaby in singing time using handbells!

Christmas Hymns

You can’t go wrong teaching a classic Christmas hymn in singing time!  Make sure to check out these favorites!

18. Away in a Manger

Camille's Primary Ideas: Away in a Manger Singing Time Lesson Plan Idea

Whether you teach the version in the Children’s Songbook or the hymnbook, teach Away in a Manger with shapes drawn on the board that eventually come together to create a manger scene!  It’s so simple that you don’t even need to be an artist to pull it off! 

19. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Camille's Primary Ideas: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing singing time lesson plan idea

Hark! The Herald Angels sing is a classic Christmas hymn!  Teach it in singing time using a flip chart with Susan Fitch illustrations and optional handbells.

Christmas Songs in the Friend magazine

20. My Christmas Testimony

Help your Primary share their testimony of the Savior by teaching the song My Christmas Testimony!  They’ll be able to write all they know about the Savior and the events surrounding His birth.

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Christmas Testimony Christmas singing time idea

If you want to branch out from the Children’s Songbook, there are several Primary Christmas songs published in the Friend magazine! Check out these lesson plans for a few of those songs.

21. When We Seek Him

I HIGHLY recommend teaching When We Seek Him in singing time using Susan Fitch’s flip chart!

Camille's Primary Ideas: Susan Fitch Kit When We Seek Him Flip Chart

Secular Christmas Songs

Your Primary may be asked to sing at your ward’s Christmas party, rest home or somewhere outside of church services!  If that be the case, teach them these secular Christmas songs!

22. Jingle Bells

Camille's Primary Ideas: Jingle Bells using handbells

Jingle bells is perfect for playing on the handbells using this Jingle Bells handbell chart!

23. Carol of the Bells

Camille's Primary Ideas: Carol of the Bells Bell Chart

Or give your Primary a challenge and play Carol of the Bellsusing this handbell chart.

What are your Christmas Singing Time Ideas?

Leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas!

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LDS Primary Christmas Singing Time Ideas

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