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Not-so-flannel Friday: Song Spinner

October 14, 2011

I like doing themed storytimes, but sometimes it’s nice to be more casual and just read favourite new books. This song spinner keeps the spontaneity going. It’s a photo cube that spins around, a sort of manual jukebox. We sing the song that goes with the picture the spinner stops at. The pictures can swap in and out for just about anything but I like to use well-known songs that I’m unlikely to forget the lyrics to. Here are four that work really well:

If You're Happy and You Know It

Happy Face for If You’re Happy and You Know It

Old MacDonald

Barn for Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Head Shoulders Knees Toes

Boy for Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

BINGO song

Dog for BINGO

There’s no limit to pictures that could go in the spinner, but some other picture/song combinations I like are a bus with The Wheels on the Bus, a hand for The Hokey Pokey, a spider for Itsy Bitsy Spider and a teapot for I’m a Little Teapot. The centre is hollow and the lid lifts right off so storing extra pictures is easy as can be.

Song Spinner

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4 thoughts on “Not-so-flannel Friday: Song Spinner

  1. Sharon says:

    Well, aren’t you clever? It’s a wonderful idea!

  2. Anne says:

    I use a giant dice (die?) for this same purpose. Very fun! You can also put letters of the alphabet in there and have the kids make the shapes with their body, or put pictures of animals and have them make the sound of the animal it lands on.

  3. Amanda says:

    Where on earth did you find a cool and extremely adaptable prop!? Thanks for the idea!

    • andrea says:

      I don’t remember where bought the cube, possibly Ben Franklin. I think they are available almost anywhere picture frames are sold. I still haven’t painted it!

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