A first rate, low speed activity is to listen to children’s stories and songs on tape, CD or computer. This activity is enjoyable anytime, and is the perfect solution when you want to spend some relaxing but meaningful time with your child. It is also particularly useful to restore calm after grocery shopping or running errands.
Casette Tape: You will find no shortage of stories on cassette tape at garage sales. You can usually pick these up for around 25¢. Listen to the story/ songs yourself first to make sure the quality is acceptable and the content is appropriate. (Tip: turn the bass down and the treble up.) If you do not have a stereo that plays tapes, then buy a battery operated cassette tape player. Pull up a few floor pillows and relax. Your child will love pushing the ‘play’ button.
Internet: Search the internet for free children’s stories available for listening on your computer. Cinnamon Bear is an excellent series of over two dozen stories produced for radio in 1937 and available for free on radiolovers.com. It tells the adventures of Judy and Jimmy (brother and sister) and their lovable friend Cinnamon Bear, as they pursue the Crazy Quilt Dragon through Maybe Land and the Lolly-Pop Mountains. It is rich with imagery and suspense that tantalizes the imagination. It is every bit as good as anything out there today. Just click on the story you want to listen to, then open with your default media player. (It takes a full minute to load, so be patient.) Click here for a picture of this explanation.
CD: Go to the library or bookstores and look for audio stories available for children. Our son never tired of listening to Abiyoyo And Other Songs and Stories.This album was first released in 1967 by the acclaimed singer-songwriter Pete Seeger. It includes two stories and a handful of supremely melodic songs. I was so happy to see that Amazon.com carries this wonderful collection. If you know of a better collection of children’s stories and songs anywhere, I would like to know about it. The album cover (photo) to the left is a link to Amazon that allows you to order this classic collection of children’s stories and songs. (Be sure to read the customer reviews!) To listen to samples, click on the ‘Listen to Samples’ icon below the album cover (on Amazon’s site). If that doesn’t work, then scroll down to the MP3 version of samples and click on the arrow-icon left of the song title you want to hear. Click here for a picture of this explanation.) The first two “songs” are stories and the short samples do not give much evidence of their timeless merits, so you’ll have make a small leap of faith (or see what others have to say in the customer reviews).
Enjoy the magical world of audio stories with your child, regardless of which media type is right for you. Like nothing else, audio stories offer endless hours of captivating enjoyment for you and your child, and promise many fond memories for years to come.