Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday - Musical Squares

If you have a laminator (or access to one)
and if you have a toddler or preschooler (and therefore not much time), then
this is a project for

Materials List:
  • Several (you determine the number) pieces of cardstock cut to squares (approx. 6" x 6")
  • Glue
  • Desired Images (found on the internet, made by yourself, cut out of a magazine, etc.)
  • Laminator
  • Source of Music
  • Scissors
  1. Decide what you want to teach your child.
  2. Find images that will meet your need (shapes, letters, numbers, colors, etc. - see suggestions below).
  3. Cut cardstock to squares.
  4. Glue images to cardstock. (Suggestion: use both sides, I did shapes on one side and vowels on the other thereby getting two games out of one.)
  5. Laminate cards.
  6. Trim laminate as needed.
  7. Turn on the music.
  8. Dance.
  9. Stop the music and call out an image (e.g. "Triangle!") and watch your toddlers scramble to find the right card to stand on.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 until everyone is tired and ready for a nap.

I know, it sounds simple but toddlers LOVE it and it is a great way to teach. Depending on what you are trying to teach your child, you can put various images* on the game pieces. You can find free clip art online by simply doing a search such as "triangle clip art" and then click on "images" when the results pop up.

*Some Ideas for different types of cards:
  • Alphabet Cards
  • Various Animal Cards
  • Number Cards
  • Shape Cards
  • Color Cards
  • Scripture Cards (images from different scripture stories)
  • My Family Cards (pictures of different family members: aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)
  • Simple Word Cards (CAT, DOG, HAT, etc. - you could include an image of the item too)
Another variation is to layer your images so that you have a yellow card with a cat and a "C" on it. That way you can call out the color, the animal, or the letter.

Be creative and share your ideas in the comment section.

P.S. Any wonderful suggestions for how I can clean up that fireplace (seen in the video)? We haven't used it and it is driving me nuts!

3 response(s):

Layne said...

Get a gas insert. They have some that look pretty nice and do a much better job of heating the room.

I don't know how you can feel good about yourself listening to Voice Male's ARCHENEMIES! Just because it is an awesome and thoroughly enjoyable CD.

michellejohnnie said...

That is a great idea! I think my kids would love that! I am going to link to this so I can get to it someday.

Anonymous said...

This could also be a really great game to entertain a bunch of toddlers, like a toddler birthday party for example!