When you are thinking of singing songs with the children...
The answer lies in a 'singing sack!'
How to make a singing sack
It is easy to make, and everyone can make one, all you need is a draw string bag, we made ours from a pillow case which we decorated with the children's handprints, and a collection of inspiring objects.
Then next time it is music time, or you get together for a song, you can pull out your singing sack and let it lead the music session. With the children gathered round (we have had great fun with just two children, so the group size does not matter), choose somebody who is sitting nicely to delve into the sack, have a feel around and select an object. You then have to think of a song relating to that object, and off you go.
What do you put in a 'singing sack?'
Anything that inspires a song.
If you put a selection of small world objects, pictures, or real objects that you feel relate to lots of different songs, the child can feel the object, perhaps guess what they think it is, or you can then talk about what it is, where it is found, etc. and then think of a relevant song to sing... your idea or even the children's...
Let me give you some ideas... but the list is endless....
- A toy bus - 'The wheels on the bus'
- A fresh pea pod - 'How many peas in a pea pod pressed.'
- A doll - 'Rock a bye Baby'
- A stethoscope - 'Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.'
- A frying pan - '10 fat sausages'
- A happy face - 'If you are happy and you know it'
- A rabbit - 'Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose'
- A teddy - 'When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears' or 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' or 'If you go down to the woods today...'
- A scarecrow - 'I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow...'
- A spider - 'Little Miss Muffet' or 'There was an old lady who swallowed a fly'
You can even change the contents of the sack to relate to your theme - if you are doing a spring theme, add spring animals - colours then add a rainbow, or little boy blue, for weather you can add a rain hat, or a piece of drain pipe, (for Incy Wincy spider to climb). I am sure you can think of more... just by looking around your home or your setting, you are bound to find objects that inspire a song, and if you don't perhaps the children can...
Have fun creating your 'singing sack' and sharing it with the children.