Update #1 7/6/2014 @ 3:00 pm: I just got back from church and I am overwhelmed with how well this worked out. Every child from nursery to senior primary got to baptize Jesus, granted it was a holiday weekend so the primary was small, but I sang the baptism song over 30 times today. I found a better container to represent the river and the puppets survived being immersed so many times. The water turned slightly yellow after everyone dipped their hands in it but someone commented “well, at least it’s a better representation of the Jordan River!” (since the Jordan River is a dirty river)…. LOL! I also made a stand for John the Baptist so he can just stand in the river the whole time. I made it using two popsicle sticks and hot glue. Everything worked out perfect. I felt the spirit so strong today during primary. The kids were engaged and SOOOO excited to baptize Jesus. I asked the kids questions about baptism before we started singing and they had a lot of great insight! This idea came to me after I was praying one night about how to teach the kids about baptism. Update #2 7/13/2014 @ 9:00 am: I’ve added a few printables for the second verse of the song. Scroll down to see it. Stay tune next week for the third verse!
Update #3 7/20/2014 @ 6:00 am: I’ve added my ideas for the final verse. THANK YOU Susan Fitch Design for providing the art for the baptism boy or girl. I’ve also realized after doing this for 2 weeks that this baptism idea works best for Jr. Primary and Nursery. The Sr. Primary is a little bit too old and cool for this. I thought I may be playing Baptism Hangman with the Sr. Primary today. Where I put a lines for a word on the board and then draw a man on the board and every time they get a letter right the guy can be lowered a little bit more in the water until he is baptized.
I recently got a new calling as primary chorister. I’ve been doing it for about a month now. I haven’t spend much time on social media this month unless it’s looking up ideas for singing time. This month the song is “Baptism” in the Children’s Song Book. I got the idea to teach the kids the lyrics to the Baptism song using laminated stick figures. I couldn’t find the perfect pictures online so I had to make my own drawings and enhanced it with Photoshop. ( Sorry I’m not the best artist but feel free to use these drawings for you own projects and I’d appreciate the link up!) So I’m going to print these out, laminate them, then put them on popsicle sticks. I’ve attached the color and B&W versions. If you don’t have a laminator you can use clear tape.
I’ll have the kids help with the stick puppets but basically I’ll just go through each line of the song of the first verse:
Judea map picture credit: http://bibleatlas.org/area/judea.jpg Second Verse: Use the speech bubbles to tell the story of the second verse. Use these speech bubbles along with the stick figures.
“And to enter with my Father in the kingdom up on high.” Cut out the door and have the Jesus puppet go into the temple. Then talk about why you need baptism to “enter into the kingdom”. The size of this picture is 11″ by 16″ but I’ve divided it into 8.5″ by 11″ below so you can print it on two sheets of paper. You can paste this temple onto a cardstock or cardboard box so it can stand up.
26 thoughts on “Baptism Song – LDS Jesus and John the Baptist Art”
I think that it may be that what children remember most from Primary is the songs. They will sing and hum and think about them the rest of their lives. I like your ideas for helping the children to understand and remember the words.
Thank you! This makes me feel better because I feel like this is the hardest most stretching calling I’ve ever had in the Church! 🙂
Thank you for sharing, I’m offer are chorister to help her and then I realized what I’m put myself into, and I was….complete lost, you was the answer of my prayers!!!!!!thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You’re welcome!!! Glad I can help. I’m new at this too! 🙂
Thank you for this idea! I was called two months ago to this calling and I’ve been struggling to find appropriate activities (ones that don’t get the kids too riled up). I appreciate you sharing this simple activity. 🙂
~ Hillary Monroe, Queen Creek, AZ
Your welcome! I hope it works for you too!
Thank you so much for taking the time to come up with these drawings and this wonderful idea! I have had this calling since November of last year and I love it. It is definitely exhausting, but brings me a lot of joy too. It is hard to come up with fun things every week though. Our primary already sang this song in our program last year, so most of the kids already know it. This will be fun to have the object lesson though and it will help all my little sunbeams focus and remember the song. Thanks again!,
No problem! Thanks for stopping by. I hope your kids love it! I do like this Dallin but I am completely exhausted by the end of Sunday.
Great Activity! Thank you!
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Love this! Thank you!
You’re Welcome! Enjoy!
I love this. I am currently serving in primary and this is the song of the month and also one of the songs the children are learning for the primary program in October. What a creative mind you have!
Hey! That’s awesome that you serve in the primary too! This is like my first official primary calling… I was in the stake primary but I didn’t really work with kids on that level. Thanks for the nice comment! 🙂
Wonderful idea! I was just asked to substitute for the chorister this coming Sunday and now I’ll have a super activity with a powerful, memorable lesson!! Thanks!
You’re welcome! I hope it works out for you! I did this singing time for a second week and I find it to work a lot better for the kids 8 and younger. The older kids are a little bit too old for it but I hope this will help you! Some of the younger kids need help doing putting the puppet in the water but 6 to 8 year olds can do it by themselves. Good luck!
This is one of the best ways I have seen to teach a primary song… to have it one repeat, and have them moving, and engaged, and hearing it-genius! Thank you, thank you for your inspiration, creativity, and taking the time to share it. I so appreciate it!
This makes me so happy! Thank you so much for coming back to comment. I’m so glad it helped you!
I was on maternity leave when it was time to learn this song. My older kids came home singing so I knew they had been taught the song, but last week I discovered the kids really didn’t know the 2nd and third verses so learning them was my goal for this week. I found you from sugardoodle and felt like this was what we all needed. Sure enough, the kids had a great time and I know I am doing a better job remembering it now too. I got complimented for a great job, but really you get the credit! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much for the nice comment. I’ve been lacking the desire to post gospel stuff online lately and I know I should just keep going. Thank you so much for you comment. I’m glad it could help you!
Thank you so much for this visual aid. The children in my Primary class (age 7, turning 8) do not appear to enjoy coloring. I’m always on the look-out for something memorable. When I found this web page, I knew it was ideal. Today’s theme was “I Can Be Baptized Like Jesus.” I printed, cutout, laminated, cutout again, and hot glued John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as you did above. However, I took the image of the boy and girl in their baptism clothes and repeated the process for them, hot-gluing one laminated boy or girl on the back of the Jesus figure. If had thought about in time, I would’ve found a Priesthood holder ready to baptize (maybe re-vised your John the Baptist) and hot-glued his laminated figure to the back of John the Baptist. What I did turned out great. The kids loved them! I’ll definitely repeat this next year.
Thanks for the comment!! This definately made my heart happy. Both my husband and I were choristers for a long time. I’m glad other people can use our ideas.
This is fantastic. I am so excited to use these ideas tomorrow. I think the kids will remember these visuals for a long time!