I'm tweaking a singing time lesson I found on Yahoo Groups for When I am Baptized...I absolutely loved the idea and just simplified it a bit.
(I purchased these from haloheaven.com. If you don't want to go that route, you can make your own, use a popsicle stick, or even just the kids' hands will do - that just wouldn't be as fun ;).
Before primary, draw a big rainbow on the chalkboard (about 2/3 of the top portion) using colored chalk. Underneath the rainbow draw two rows of raindrops that match the pitch of the chorus - two lines of raindrops for the two lines in the chorus. So when the notes go up or down in the chorus, the raindrops will do the same...does that make sense? Here's a picture of how it should look (always worth a thousand words!):
(thanks to Renae from LDS Chorister's facebook group for the demo!!)
Post words to all verses and chorus (optional).
For Senior: Tell them we are learning a song that is all about rainbows and rain. Isn't that odd that we'd learn a Primary song all about rainbows and rain? There are 3 different ways this song is about rainbows and rain and your job today is to figure out those 3 ways. I have a help for you (pass out wands). If you watch me closely, I will give you hints with the rainbow wands (if needed).
Sing the song through 3 times (always including the 2nd verse) and each time you sing it through, focus on the 3 different areas which are:
1. This song TALKS about rainbows and rain (each time rainbows/rain are sung, raise your wand in the air). After you have sung through it, ask why why this song is about rainbows and rain. Discuss how they are like being baptized and repenting. Bear testimony of the blessing of baptism and how we are made clean. If we make mistakes, we can be clean again by taking the Sacrament and repenting.
2. This song SOUNDS like rainbows and rain. Legato (the verses) and Staccato (chorus). The verses are smooth and connected like rainbows. The chorus is more choppy and disconnected like rain. Sing the verses legato and move your wands back and forth without breaking. Then during the chorus, quickly shake the wands for each note as you sing it staccato or choppy. Make sure to over-exaggerate so they can tell the difference (have the pianist do it too)! You can also make a "thunderstorm" by making large movements and singing loudly and a "light rain shower" by making small movements and singing softly. Also discuss breathing using Legato and Staccato. Try to have everyone sing the whole verse in one breathe and then breath after each note in the chorus. Afterward, ask which one everyone thinks is easier!
3. This song MOVES like rainbows and rain. The song (its pitch) moves like a rainbow and raindrops. Notice each line in the verses' pitch start low and gradually go higher then go back to low - just like a rainbow. Then for the chorus, the pitch is disconnected, up and down, all over, just like raindrops. During the verse, draw a rainbow with your wands going up as the notes go up and going down as the notes go down. During the chorus, follow the raindrops you drew on the board and with your wand, follow them by moving it up or down.