Yesterday, my friend Jen of Lavendilly House shared her tip on recording stories and songs for children.
“I recorded the story I told to the children last night on my phone – one of the best things I have ever done! I was able to give my phone to Kaelan to listen to the story this afternoon as a bit of needed comfort and quiet time, and again to Rosella when she was not feeling sleepy at bed time”
Other friends shared their good ideas too.
- Record yourself singing your child’s favourite song or reading their favourite story on the phone. They are invaluable when you just can’t manage to repeat them over and over again when you are undertaking long drives.
- Record a series of one-sided conversations into an old phone. Ask questions or request them to sing along with you. Children love intrigue and mystery and to be involved in something unusual like this too. (My friend’s son has loved this and it has become one of his favourite things to do. He still requests to listen to the recordings even after a year.)
So, now we sometimes look for books with storytelling cds in them. They are not so easy to come by sadly but this past week, we found a Shirley Hughes book, “Alfie gives a hand” with an accompaniment. (Another friend found the “The Enchanted Forest” stories by Enid Blyton, lovingly read by Kate Winslet. Oh, so prim and proper and posh. I can just imagine hearing it now. Delightful. )
At the end of a long day’s play, or on a rainy day, or whilst I’m washing up the evening’s dinner plates before bed, I sometimes let Ned listen. It is not an everyday thing (I wouldn’t trade the time of connection and loving cuddles when I read books to Ned each day) but it’s a sometimes thing. I like ‘sometimes’ things. Like lollies and chocolate, everything is perfect in moderation.
Perhaps you have a tip of your own?