Like many families we love singing with the kids but often I get stuck in a rut of singing the same songs over and over. As cute as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is it definitely can get old after the 20th time belting it out to my 9 month old.
Some of our favorite times to sing are in the car and when changing my baby's diaper. It serves as a happy distraction for him when he is less than excited to be changed. I often thought of writing all our favorite songs on a list so when I need to quickly come up with one for the kids we can have them all in one place, look on the list, and choose which ones we want to sing. A list seemed so "stuffy" for young kids so I came up with a more hands-on solution to our song dilemmas and it turns out to be a fun way to recycle those Gerber Puff containers!
The materials needed are index cards (cut into 4's) or small pieces of paper, marker, ribbon, empty Puff container, and alphabet stickers.
The girls helped me pick out the letters needed (also served as a fun letter recognition activity for my 3 year old) We spelled out SING A SONG for the outside of the container.
We then wrote down all the songs we like to sing on the cut up index cards and placed them in the container.
I tied a ribbon around the top and we were done!
There you have it, our very own Song Caddy! So easy to make and a great way to recycle containers. The kids enjoy pulling out a song from the bin and my 4 year old is even sounding out some of the words. A simple way to bring print into their everyday lives and encourage those emergent readers!
You can bring it along for a car ride, place by the diaper changing table, use for a preschool classroom circle time, the ideas are endless!
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