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I am a big fan of children’s books, and am an even bigger fan of using children’s books to make music. Today, I’m going to share how to use the children’s book The Napping House to make music.
Bedtime can be such a calm, peaceful time. Except for when it’s not. Maybe you can relate? The Napping House is a story of a night that starts out peacefully, and then a crazy series of events occur.
The Napping House is written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood. The pictures are beautiful and very captivating for children. It was a winner of many awards after it was released in 1984. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly encourage you to do so!
There are many characters introduced throughout, making it perfect for adding music.
Here’s how to make a sound story:
- choose a favorite book or poem
- make a list of characters
- look for repeated words or phrases
- find any sounds that happen (like a dog barking)
- assign instruments to different characters, repeated words, sounds
- read through the story adding instruments
Characters in The Napping House
It’s a cumulative story, so many characters and words are repeated throughout the story. Also, there are clues to help you assign instruments to characters. Each character is given an adjective to describe them, like the snoring granny. See if your children are able to find all of the clues.
Any sound words?
How can you use instruments to recreate those parts of the story?
- the sound of the bed
Sound stories are a great way to engage students! They are also a fun way to experience stories together as a family. If you try this story, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you!