The next operation was to find pictures to put onto the sides of the box to indicate the play of the game. Free clip art seemed the easiest to obtain, so I searched around on my computer. After finding suitable clip art pictures, I used a program to size them to fit into a 4" square. I printed them out and glued them onto the six faces of the cube. Because the box can collapse flat, there could be NO overhang of the pictures on any of the creases. As long as the children playing the game can be gentle when "rolling the dice," this little cube should hold up very well and last a long time.
1. Pick songs to fit the "style" of singing indicated on each of the six faces of the cube. "Boys Sing/Girls Sing" (any song will work by just switching who sings when), "Lamb" (children sing softly), "Lion" (children sing loudly), "Maracas" (pick group of kids to use rhythm shakers), "Bee" (children sing by buzzing lips or humming), "Tigger" (use movement: scarves, hand motions, ASL, follow-the-leader "dance" moves, marching or body rhythm, conducting)
CAUTION - choose songs that match the activity. You don't want to pick a slow sacred song to do crazy follow-the-leader dance moves. Lyrical moves with scarves might work, though.
2. Because the die may roll multiple times on the same face, pick multiple songs that could fit each style. Make sure you provide a list in advance for the pianist.
4. Be aware of the time! Don't talk too much! Get right to the singing! Keep things moving!
BONUS: The "Hide the Note" game can be fun for review of a song. Just make sure you choose an upbeat song to sing for this game (not a slow reverent song). Cut out and laminate the square with the eighth note in it. Ask one child to step outside of the room while someone else hides the note. When the Finder comes back in, begin singing the song softly. As the child gets closer to the hiding place, direct the children to sing louder. If he turns away, sing softer. How loudly the children sing gives the clue to help the child find the hidden "note."
(Occasionally I have been known to hide the note on my person and keep moving around. It drives the "Finder" kid crazy! But the other children love the joke. You can only play a joke like that on an older kid who can take it, though.)