Acting something out with your body is a powerful learning tool. For children, role play is a kinesthetic kind of learning that is strong for them.
I use role play as a great activity to teach the children the verse about Adam the prophet. Each child has a prop to help them “be” the part. (Your children will look much better than my stick figures!) (Note: this is basically what the drawings are for the activity Draw the Song.)
I put Adam in a robe, then he kneels on a small platform (like that which we use on the floor at the podium for shorter children).
“Adam was a prophet, first one that we know”
I ask to children to be the trees in Eden and stand on either side of Adam. You can use actual tree limbs if you live around an evergreen, or you can draw a tree for each to hold.
“In a place called Eden, he helped things to grow”
I ask another child to be one of the angels that teaches Adam about the gospel. He wears something white. (I tell the story of the angel of the Lord coming to teach Adam as in Moses chapter 4.) He stands in front of Adam.
“Adam served the Lord by following His ways”
I ask three other children to be Adam’s descendants. Each one wears or hold something from a different country. They kneel in front of Adam looking out at us.
“We are his descendants in the latter days.”
At this point, I ask each child to go give their prop to someone else in the group to allow them to be the role. For the older children, however, as they are switching “actors,” I ask them to do this extender activity:
Challenge the children, “Only sing the words ‘Adam,’ ‘Eden,’ and ‘descendants.’ I will sing all the rest of the words.” The children doing the role play come to the “stage” and we start the role play again as we sing, but the rest of the children are only singing those three specific words. After singing the verse through once, I ask them to switch and sing all the words BUT those three words.
If your younger Primary has a lot of 6 and 7 year olds, you could also consider doing this extender activity. The children love the challenge. What they don’t know is that their brain is singing the song inside (called audiation) so that they can know when to come in with the word (or leave it out). It is a very strong way for the brain to learn a song!
Frances L. Caldwell
I have been told that there are new verse to “Follow the Prophets”. They are to replace the last three verses of the song. They involve the Book of Mormon for two verses and one for Thomas S. Monson. I was told they where in The Friend some time ago. I have looked on lds.org and can’t find them. Can you help me find them?
Frances L. Caldwell
It may not be Thomas S. Monson but Joseph Smith instead.
Thomas Monson is March 2010 Friend. Joseph Smith is June 2001. (Brigham Young and Nephi are also in that issue of the Friend.
Thank you for this reference! With all the versions out there, I feel better about using the one published in the Friend.