The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

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Most of your Primary children KNOW The Wise Man and the Foolish Man! But do they understand the meaning behind it? Make sure and teach that meaning behind The Wise Man and the Foolish Man using these Primary singing time ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

The actions to The Wise Man and the Foolish Man are simple and always a hit!  But I recommend trying the blow the house down activity listed below!  It’s sure to be a hit!

So make sure to check out these other The Wise Man and the Foolish Man singing time ideas as well (click on the link to jump to that section):

    1. Blow the House Down
    2. BINGO Actions
    3. Paper Storm
    4. Sheet Protector Flood
    5. Handbells
    6. A Children’s Songbook Companion
    7. Sharla Dance
    8. Rock or Sand
    9. Simplified ASL

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Song History

This information comes from Stories from The Children’s Songbook by Sister Pat Graham.

The words are based on the parable in Matthew that Jesus told about the result of obeying or disobeying the counsel of the Lord. All the verses were included within the staff to show how they should fit with the rhythm.

The melody of the song is now now in public domain, which means that it can be printed and recorded without a fee to the first person who claimed a written version of the song.

Suggestions are given for actions, which is an important reason that the song is included. Children learn through movement, and a change of pace is needed to keep them actively involved.

No one knows who first put actions to the song, and there are many ways that could be successful. 

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Lyrics and Music

Find the sheet music to The Wise Man and the Foolish Man on the Church’s website.  Building our foundation on Christ is so simply depicted in the lyrics of Primary song:

The wise man built his house upon the rock, The wise man built his house upon the rock, The wise man built his house upon the rock, And the rains came tumbling down.

The rains came down, and the floods came up, The rains came down, and the floods came up, The rains came down, and the floods came up, And the house on the rock stood still.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand, The foolish man built his house upon the sand, The foolish man built his house upon the sand, And the rains came tumbling down.

The rains came down, and the floods came up, The rains came down, and the floods came up, The rains came down, and the floods came up, And the house on the sand washed away.

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Song Sing Along Video

You may also want to check out the sing along video for The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.  It’s a great way for you to easily become more familiar with it or to show to your Primary during singing time.

The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Flip Chart

Find The Wise Man and the Foolish Man lyrics in a printable flip chart format so you can easily post the words in your Primary!

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

Or this The Wise Man and the Foolish Man flip chart with pictures is also available to download:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

Download the Free The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Singing Time Printables

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The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Singing Time Ideas

1. Blow the House Down

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

Let children attempt to blow these houses down as you sing The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.  They’ll love discovering which one was built on a rock and which one was built on the sand!

2. BINGO Actions

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

3. Paper Storm

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

Create a paper storm when certain words are sung in The Wise Man and the Foolish Man!  The best part is no water is required!  Only a sheet of paper!

4. Sheet Protector Flood

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

Sarah shared her sheet protector flood {as I like to call it!} to easily have the house built on a rock NOT wash away and the house built upon the sand TO wash away! She says:

I wanted to create a simple visual for this scripture without the mess of bringing rocks, sand, toy houses, water, etc…

I printed out images of a wise man’s foundation and a foolish man’s foundation and put them in a sheet protector. As we briefly review the scripture, I’ll draw the wise man’s house in permanent marker and the foolish man’s house in washable marker.

Then I’ll spray the two with water from a squirt bottle, and we’ll observe how the wise man’s house stands still and the foolish man’s house washes away.

5. Handbells for The Wise Man and the Foolish Man

This handbell chart utilizes simple chording on the chorus. Make sure to check out more details for using handbells in singing time.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas using handbell charts

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.

 

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6. A Children's Songbook Companion

Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

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7. Sharla Dance

Camille's Primary Ideas Meets Sharla Dance

Sharla Dance has a scraper and dinger singing time idea for teaching The Wise Man and the Foolish Man:

8. Rock or Sand

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Wise Man and the Foolish Man Primary Singing Time Ideas

The Wise Man and the foolish Man from the March 2015 Friend lets children make choices that relate building a house on rocks or sand.  Choose a strip of paper, discuss if it’s a “rock” or “sand” choice then sing the song!

9. Simplified ASL

If you want a specialist on ASL, you need Holly!  I love her demonstration videos with the “why” behind the sign.

Then sign along with her after you’ve learned it:

Then make sure to check out teaching sign language in singing time for more helpful tips!

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