How to Make a Song Cube
This post was originally shared on November 2013.
Children love to sing and be sung too. Music also has countless benefits for language development, motor development, and social/emotional development. The Song Cube is another fun way to include music in your day and was one of our twins' favorite things to do when they were toddlers.
Our song cube has a variety of animal songs ("Hey Elephant" "Alice the Camel", etc) and was first introduced to our children after a trip to the zoo. Your cube could have songs on another topic, such as Fall or Transportation, or it could simply be favorite songs everyone in your group knows. Looking for song ideas? This post has some of our favorite CDs for kids.
*Gather or print 6 photos or pictures.
*Cut Cardboard into Six Squares
*Tape a picture onto each side
*Tape the squares together into a cube shape (I used some tape inside and outside to stabilize)
Sit down with your child(ren) - this works best with at least 3 people. As a toddler teacher I used a similar cube during group time. Our librarian in Baraboo used one during the infant/younger toddler storytime. We also had our on the shelf for a while and would play during the day sometimes.
The first time, explain that you have a Song Cube with a song they know on each side. Show them a couple of examples. Demonstrate how to throw or roll the cube. The side that lands face up is the song you get to sing. Sing the song together. Invite the next person to throw the cube. Sing their song. Repeat as interested.
This is a good activity to practice turn taking. I often give them a verbal cue of when their turn is coming. For example, "it is william's turn right now, Addy's turn will be next".
Pictures to Represent 6 Favorite Songs (I used Clip Art)
-Bring the cube with you to use the next time you are waiting
-Make a themed cube (holiday songs, songs about zoo animals, etc)
-Create a movement cube with different cues for moving their bodies
-More great sensory ideas can be found in the Sensory Processing 101 Activities section.
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