This week I made myself a new storytime accessory. I’ve seen awesome songcubes all over pinterest and my favorite blogs (I think Storytime Katie’s was the first I saw). I love them! I made a cut-out version for my library’s Every Child Ready To Read cut-out page, but it’s too dinky to hold up in storytime.
Thanks to a late season cold, I have plenty of square tissue boxes around and that’s what I used to make my storytime version. It’s too easy! I filled the box with craft paper and taped over the top to reinforce it.
I traced the sides onto cardstock to cover it. Here’s a heads-up: I knew that the top and bottom were smaller than the sides, but I did not realize the sides have different dimensions too! The flat sides are a little larger than the sides with the folds.
I made pictures for each song and glued them to my cardstock. I used scotch tape to attach the cardstock to the box to hold it in place when I covered the whole thing with packing tape.
And there you have it! I included all of the songs I repeat frequently in storytime and two oldies but goodies that I don’t use often. All together, I have:
Shake Your Sillies Out
The More We Get Together
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
I’m a Little Teapot
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
I used it in storytime for the first time and when the stars landed face-up, I asked, “What song could this be?” A little girl shouted, “TWINKLE!” and all of my storytime kids immediately began to sing without prompting. I can’t wait to use it again!