Teaching My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary Singing Time Ideas

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Each child deserves to know that Heavenly Father loves them!  These My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary singing time ideas will help you convey how Heavenly Father shows His love for His children.

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary Singing Time Ideas

I HIGHLY recommend using keyword pictures to beautifully portray the imagery found in this song!  Hang them on a clothesline and you’ll have your Primary dreaming of scenery their Heavenly Father so freely gives them!

Teach the Primary song, My Heavenly Father Loves Me using these various singing time methods (click on the link to quickly jump to that section):

  1. Keyword Pictures
  2. Laundry Basket
  3. A Children’s Songbook
  4. Handbells
  5. Hand Motions
  6. Sharla Dance
  7. Simplified ASL
  8. Coloring Book
  9. Come, Follow Me Ball Pass

My Heavenly Father Loves Me: Lyrics and Sheet Music

Find the sheet music to My Heavenly Father Loves Me on the Church’s website.  The vivid lyrics make me grateful for all I have:

  1. Whenever I hear the song of a bird Or look at the blue, blue sky, Whenever I feel the rain on my face Or the wind as it rushes by, Whenever I touch a velvet rose Or walk by our lilac tree, I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world Heav’nly Father created for me.

  2. He gave me my eyes that I might see The color of butterfly wings. He gave me my ears that I might hear The magical sound of things. He gave me my life, my mind, my heart: I thank him rev’rently For all his creations, of which I’m a part. Yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.

Did you know there’s a 3rd verse published on the Church’s website?  The lyrics are all about the Savior:

Whenever I think of the Savior’s hands in prayer at Gethsemane, Whenever I picture Him healing the lame or causing the blind to see, Whenever I think how He willingly gave His perfect life for me, I marvel as gratitude swells in my heart, for I know heav’nly Father loves me. Yes, I know, I know, yes, I know Heav’nly Father loves me.

My Heavenly Father Loves Me Flip Chart

Find My Heavenly Father Loves Me 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

Also available is a flip chart that includes pictures with words:

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary singing time ideas flip chart

My Heavenly Father Loves Me Song History​

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

Words and music: Clara McMaster (1904-1995) LDS

Clara McMaster was the eleventh child in her family and sang and accompanied others on the piano as she grew up in Brigham City, Utah.

She said, “I’m grateful that as a child we had an orchestra, and a chorus in our family. It was easy because we had no radios, TV, or movies.

I was born on a farm, and I knew the sounds in the barnyard. When I was called to the Primary general board, I was told that the children needed a song to teach them that their Heavenly Father loves them.

I didn’t really know how to do that. The Lord answered my prayers through the song of a bird. All I would have to do to write this song was to bear my testimony.

This was my way of saying to the children that my Heavenly Father loves me. It wasn’t my song. It was something brought into my heart many years ago. I’m grateful that the children still want to sing my song.”

The beginning pitch of the song was raised an octave to help children sing in their head voices.

Because Sister McMaster and her husband performed duets often, she naturally wrote memorable melodies that were easy to harmonize.

The melody for the words “I’m glad that I live in this beautiful world” was incorrectly notated as an ascending scale in Sing With Me.

It was originally written as it now appears, with optional cue notes that may be sung by high voices or played by the piano.

Singing time ideas and activities for Teaching My Heavenly Father Loves Me

1. Keyword Pictures

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me singing time ideas

Teach My Heavenly Father Loves Me using keyword pictures.  This song is so visual so you can’t but NOT teach it using pictures!  And these beautiful images bring the song to life!

2. Laundry Basket

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Singing Time Lesson Plan Review Idea

This laundry basket singing time idea is a continuation of the idea above.  It utilizes the same keyword pictures but with a laundry basket!  It’s simple, yet fun and will have your Primary trying to remember all the images as they are placed in the basket.

3. Teach My Heavenly Father Loves Me using A Children's Songbook Companion

A Children’s Songbook Companion contains a singing time lesson plan for every single song in the Children’s Songbook including My Heavenly Father Loves Me.  This book is now available to download in its entirety all for free only on Camille’s Primary Ideas!

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Singing Time Lesson Plan Review Idea

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

4. Handbells

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary singing time ideas using handbells

This handbell chart for My Heavenly Father Loves Me plays the harmony of the last line:

I’m Glad that I live in this beautiful world Heavenly Father created for me.

It’s fun to try once the song has been learned!

Download the Free My Heavenly Father Loves Me Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > My Heavenly Father Loves Me.

 

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Merry Bells

Merry Bells Primary Sing Along DVD

Merry also Bells has several handbell options for My Heavenly Father Loves Me to choose from:

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5. Hand Motions

Leslie shared hand motions to My Heavenly Father Loves Me on the Primary Music Leader’s FB group.  They are simple and easy to implement with your Primary!

6. Sharla Dance

Sharla Dance has activities teaching My Heavenly Father Loves Me.  Check out her video below as well:

7. My Heavenly Father Loves Me Sign Language (simplified)

ASL is always a great option as well!  Holly has videos for teaching My Heavenly Father Loves Me Again using ASL.    Once you learn it, sign along with her.

Make sure to check out my tips for signing in singing time.

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8. Coloring Book

Also available in the Resource Library is this My Heavenly Father Loves Me coloring book:

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

8. Come Follow Me Ball Pass

Camille's Primary Ideas: My Heavenly Father Loves Me Primary Singing Time Idea ball pass from Come Follow Me

2024 Book of Mormon Come, Follow Me for July 15-21 suggested an activity when singing My Heavenly Father Loves Me:

While you and your children sing “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” (Children’s Songbook, 228–29), pass around a ball or other object.

Periodically stop the music and ask the child holding the object to share one thing Heavenly Father created that he or she is grateful for.

Let me know if you have any other ideas for Teaching My Heavenly Father Loves Me

How will you teach My Heavenly Father Loves Me in singing time?  Leave a comment with your suggestions and ideas!

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These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > My Heavenly Father Loves Me.

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