I first saw song cards being used when I was subbing several years ago. The teachers had a folder with several songs velcroed to the folder. Each song card had pictures to represent the song, like a bus for The Wheels on the Bus. There were slots at the bottom to arrange a song list to sing that day. Students took turns picking songs they wanted to sing. They would point and take the song card off of the folder, and then place it in the song list on the bottom of the folder. It was a great way to get the students involved in the music making.
Song cards are great for preschool, early elementary teachers, as well as parents. All you need are cards that represent popular children’s songs your children know, and you’re set! This is really helpful if you are wanting to incorporate music time at home or in your preschool, but you aren’t sure where to start.
How to use song cards
If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll get the song cards we use at our home as a freebie! You can also make your own cards using your favorite songs.
I would recommend cutting and laminating the cards.
- place cards in a baggie and let your children take turns picking songs (they are surprises this way)
- hole punch the cards and put them on a ring
- put magnets on the back and put them on a board or the fridge
- make a velcro board to place the songs
For preschool or homeschool groups, if you are just starting to add a music time, I would aim for 3 or 4 songs each day. You can incorporate them into your circle time, or you can use them as transition songs, when going from one activity to the next. Then, they are like a brain break for the little ones. And little ones need to be active!
If you lead a preschool or homeschool group, you can make copies of the song cards for each child to take home. They would make great welcome gifts, too!
I hope you get a lot of use out of these song cards!