LDS Primary Song: Children All Over the World

Saying Thank You in Languages from All Over the World

Korean Primary children
Korean Primary children sing during a presentation in sacrament meeting. Photo courtesy of © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.

In the Primary organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, children practice singing songs during singing time. Learn more about our Sunday services for adults, youth, and children.

One of the beautiful LDS Primary songs that children sing during singing time is Children All Over the World, a song of thanksgiving and gratitude which is on pages 16-17 of the Children's Songbook.

It can be played, listened to and downloaded online. In this primary song children learn how to say thank you in six other languages.

Thank You in Six Languages

  • Spanish: gracias
  • Tongan: malo
  • German: wir danken dir
  • Danish: tak
  • French: merci
  • Japanese: kansha shimasu

To help children learn how to say thank you in these foreign languages, my mother Kate Myers, created beautiful posters of six children wearing their native dress from their home country of Spain, Tonga, Germany, Holland, France, and Japan. Follow the instructions and directions below for preparing and teaching this lovely song of gratitude and thanksgiving.

Preparation

Download and print all six pages for the primary song, Children All Over the World in the PDF given below. The pictures look best in color and will be stronger if printed on card stock. After printing each child saying thank you in their native tongue, you can paste the picture to a larger poster board or you can attach it to a large, flat stick for easy holding when showing the picture at the front of the primary room.

Download and Print

Children All Over the World (PDF; 2MB)

This LDS Primary Singing Time file contains the following items:

  • 1 boy from Spain: gracias
  • 1 girl from Tonga: malo
  • 1 boy from Germany: wir danken dir
  • 1 girl from Holland: tak
  • 1 boy from France: merci
  • 1 girl from Japan: kansha shimasu

Foreign children images created by Kate Myers.

Directions

There are several different ways you can use these pictures during singing time. Here are a few ideas:

  • Start by asking your primary children about gratitude and thanksgiving.
  • When teaching, Children All Over the World, for the first time introduce the primary song by asking the children if they know how to say thank you in other languages.
  • For primary children who may have already learned this song in the past, ask them if they remember how to say thank you in Spanish.
  • Have a child come up to the front of the primary room. You can choose the child who knew how to say thank you in one of the languages. Give them the poster to hold for the other children to see.
  • When practicing the song have the child holding the poster raise it a little higher when the corresponding foreign thank you is sung during the song.
  • Another practice idea for when the children have learned this primary song is to select one of the thank you posters and have the child turn it around so that the blank side is facing towards the primary children. Then sing the song. Do this with each poster one at a time until all six are no longer showing.
  • When finished, say thank you to the children in one of the foreign languages.

    This LDS primary singing time idea can be used year round or as a special Thanksgiving song about gratitude. See the LDS Holidays page for additional Thanksgiving resources. Find other ideas for singing time ideas on Activities, Games, Songs and More.

    Other LDS Primary Ideas by Kate Myers

    Updated by Krista Cook.