Underwater Song Sack

I'm a big fan of song sacks, & have used them in many settings with young children. They've always been very popular & have been great to share with all ages, Minnie used to love them as a baby too! Basically, a 'song sack' is a bag filled with objects/toys that relate to different songs.

Whenever I've used them there has been much excitement as the children eagerly guess what will be pulled from the bag! It's lovely to see their expressions as they delve into the song sack to collect an object. The children have then chosen a song which corresponds with the object, & we've sung the song together.


Minnie & I love singing together, especially when it's bath time, but there are some days which feel longer than others, & by bath time my brain needs a little inspiration! So I came up with the idea of an Underwater Song Sack! Instead of using a cloth bag we used a bath net & filled it with plastic items suitable for water play, with each one representing a song / Nursery Rhyme.


Here are some of the items we've used  & the songs they could represent

A Plastic Boat 
* The big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh
* Row, Row, Row Your Boat
* A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea
* The Pirate Song

Plastic Fish (Whale)
* 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

A Watering Can
* Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
* I'm a Little Flower
* This is the Way We Plant Our Seeds
* The Seeds Grow (The Gardener Plants the Seeds)
(We used it to create rain too!)
* I Hear Thunder
* Dr Foster

Shells
* Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
* Five Little Seashells, Lying on the Shore.

Toy Frog
* 5 Little Speckled Frogs

Rubber Ducks
* 5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day
* There's a Little White Duck Sitting in the Water

Plastic Spider
* Incy Wincy Spider

Plastic Tractor
* Old McDonald had a Farm

Toy Rabbit
* Little Peter Rabbit
* Sleeping Bunnies
* Do your ears hang low                                      

Toy Bus
* The Wheels on the Bus

Toy Sheep
* Ba Ba Black Sheep

Toy Horse
* Horsey horsey                                          

Toy Dog
*BINGO
* How Much is that Doggy in the Window

Plastic Teapot
* I'm a Little Teapot
* Polly put the Kettle On

Toy Figure (we used Bob the Builder)
* Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
* Bob the Builder
* I am Special

Toy Lion
* Down in the Jungle
* Walking Through the Jungle
* I'm a Lion
* Daddy's Taking us to the Zoo Tomorrow

Toy Cow
* The Cows on the Farm Go Moo, moo, moo.
* Billy the Bull
* Old McDonald
* There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly

Bottle of Bubbles
* The Bubble Song (one little, two little, three little bubbles)

Plastic Frying Pan
* Five Fat Sausages
* Mix a Pancake, stir a pancake, pop it in a pan.


Bath time is a great time to share songs together in a relaxed space, with plenty of opportunity for fun, & splashing! This Song Sack is also ideal to explore outdoors in a paddling pool on a sunny day, or during any other water play, & of course the items from the song sack can spark plenty of imaginative play too. A few weeks ago we had Old McDonald sharing a cup of tea with five little speckled frogs!!

Any item can be used in an underwater song sack (as long as they're waterproof & safe) & items can be swapped or added so a wide range of songs can be explored.

Do you share songs at bath time? What songs would you add to a song sack?


8 comments:

  1. This is brilliant - we only ever sing 5 little ducks of 5 speckled frogs as those are the songs I can think of by the end of the day - this would certainly give me more inspiration :D

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  2. What a lovely post! A great idea to collect those props for bath time- brilliant!

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  3. I love this! I've been wanting to do something like this for a while, but never thought to put one together for the tub. I always need it when we're in the car and the little guy is fussy. Pinning this for some inspiration. :)

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  4. This is a lovely idea! Young kids learn so much through the singing of songs and bathtime is a great time to do it! Our local children's centre 'stay and play' group use a song bag to end the session and the kids love taking a turn to take out a toy which represents a well-loved song!
    Lisa Butler- Let's Create and Make

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  5. Hi Catherine, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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  6. This is wonderful! I love it so much I pinned, tweet, and facebooked it. You are a genius!

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  7. This is an wonderful idea! I love the idea of a song sack. I am pinning this so I remember all the details! Thank you!
    Tonya
    http://www.stringskeysandmelodies.blogspot.com

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  8. I WORK AS A PRESCHOOL SWIM TUTOR AND HAVE BEEN SEARCHING PINTEREST FOR NEW SONGS, THIS IS A BRILLIANT IDEA AND IM SURE MY SWIM KIDS WILL LOVE IT ASWELL. THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION

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