Flannel Friday: Song Cube

A different kind of Flannel Friday to kick off the New Year!

This is my hugely successful, used in nearly every toddler storytime, song cube. The first time I saw this prop used was from Melissa at Mel’s Desk. Since then I’ve seen it in a whole lot of places because it’s the best thing ever.

And here’s mine:

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I have six songs on my cube and since I use the cube in every program, I also took the time to pair up each song with an early literacy tip:

ABCs — If you child is having trouble with mashing up LMNOP, try singing the ABCs to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” to break up those syllables.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs — Counting helps to develop early math skills and prepares children for school readiness.

I’m a Little Teapot — Pretending helps your child develop their imagination. By pretending to be a teapot, we are encouraging dramatic play.

Itsy Bitsy Spider — Because we sing Itsy Bitsy Spider three ways (Itsy Bitsy, Teensy Weensy, Great Big Hairy), we are giving children more vocabulary. And repetition helps with learning!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star — Lullabies or other slow songs can help children to relax. Sing this song when you need your child to settle down.

Wheels on the Bus — Songs like “Wheels on the Bus” teach children about how things work. You can expand this song throughout different places and include new lyrics.

As for the actual construction, I went a bit advanced and bought these dice to use as the contents. It’s saved me from a lot of “OH MY GOODNESS, DON’T CRUSH THE CUBE, HELPFUL TODDLERS” stress. After that, it’s laminated pieces taped together with book tape. No one has destroyed it yet!


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35 comments on “Flannel Friday: Song Cube

  1. Katie Fitzgerald (@mrskatiefitz)
    January 2, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I want to make one of these for my daughter! (Also, that tip about the ABCs tune is genius.)

    • Katie
      January 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

      I believe that tip originally came from Melissa. (OF COURSE IT DID.)

      I think she’d love it!

  2. Brytani
    January 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    Foam dice! So smart! I’ve been considering making one of these but all my attempts have come out a little too flimsy. That may do the trick.

    • Katie
      January 4, 2015 at 9:00 pm #

      Yes! The dice was perfect since I knew a toddler would likely smash a Kleenex box.

  3. Gina
    January 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

    How do you eliminate everyone from fighting over who gets to roll the dice?

    • Katie
      January 4, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

      I roll the dice and then show the side that the group sees around the circle. I haven’t had any fights over it in the library, though I did have a daycare class once who all tried to hand it back to me.

  4. 100 Stories Before School
    January 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Thanks fabulous idea- I’ve put up on our 100 Stories Before School rhythm and rhyme board.Now I just need to make one with Australian rhymes!

    • Katie
      January 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Excellent! I’d love to see what you do with it.

  5. Amy
    March 19, 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Did you cover the foam with paper? I love the foam dice idea! I hodgepodged a cardboard box together for mine. It looks fine but I know it won’t last forever.

    • Katie
      March 19, 2015 at 12:42 pm #

      The foam dice is just inside the laminated pieces of paper. No paper covering it!

  6. Becky
    July 30, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    I love this! Do you have your song printables available to download

    • Katie
      September 16, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      I don’t because I’m not licensed to distribute Microsoft clip art, which is what I used to make this. Sorry!

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