Record player explorations in preschool

My daughter gave me this wonderful record player for Christmas just so I could share it in my classroom. I have to say, it was one of the best gifts I have ever received and my students love it as much as I do…

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It can be a little unnerving to take something you love like this into the preschool classroom because you have to really let go and allow the children to explore without the temptation to micromanage their every move…

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I didn’t own any records so my daughter and Mr. Hayden picked up some old records we could use in the classroom without worrying about them. Some of them were children’s music while others were old country or classical. Since the records weren’t precious to me, I wasn’t worried about them getting a little dinged up through our explorations. However, we did talk with the children about how to handle and take care of a record…

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During circletime, we took the time to take a closer look at our records. We talked about how the little records only have one song on each side where the bigger records have lots of songs on each side.  We compared the different sizes of the records,  the different labels on each record, the shapes of the records, and how to handle the records…

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As the children spent time with the records and record player, Mr. Hayden or I would spend a few minutes talking about the very basics of managing the record players.  We didn’t over do our introduction. Instead, we gave the children plenty of space just to see what happens if they turned this knob or changed that button.  The only thing we emphasized is that the arm of the record player needed to be handled gently and my students were awesome…

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We kept the record player out all week. If I had the space, I would leave it out all year. Perhaps one day, I will figure out how to have everything I love out all the time.  But for the week, the children enjoyed spending time exploring the record player every day…

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As the week progressed, and the children developed a good feel for how the record player worked and how to care for the record player. I integrated our record player into other activities as well because a record player has a wonderful wheel that spins around which naturally lends itself to all kinds of science and art experiences…

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I will share our other record player experiences with you too because they were each amazing in their own way. Once our week was over, I brought the the record player home for my almost three year old grandson to explore too. Being a bit younger than the students in my classroom, I needed to sit with him at first but it wasn’t long before he was just as gentle and competent at managing the record player as my students were…

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. F.D. March 4, 2014 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I loved reading this article. We also sometimes use a record player in our classroom, especially during the exercises in equilibrium around the circle. The children love this piece of equipment. Because the record player also contains our CD player, we do leave it in the classroom all the time.

  2. jeanine March 4, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    this is just amazing…i never would have thought about a-a record player for exploration and b-let alone sharing it with my children at home, nevermind at school! you were very brave! 😉 However, now that i see just how much fun, interest, & learning went on in your classroom with this, I just might have to see if family can ‘dig one up’ ‘from the attic’ or what-not! Also, just told my TEEN about this post & she said she herself has NEVER seen a record or a record player! This is gonna be great! wish me luck at finding one cuz a purchase is outta the question. EXCELLENT source of learning. thank you;)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      Good luck finding a record player! I am so surprised your teenager hasn’t seen one either! Now I feel really old! LOL!

  3. Carol Mason March 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    I love the ideas that you have shown on this page and other’s too. Can’t wait to try more of these great ideas.

  4. Caitlin Hebert March 4, 2014 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I love using record players for spin art with my children. I put a circular piece of paper or coffee filter and give the children different paintbrushes and paint and let them experiment!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      I was originally planning on using paint instead of markers but decided for our first go to just go with markers. You have inspired me to go back and give the paint a try!

  5. Marcia Fowler March 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

    Nice! I still have my record player in storage and you’ve inspired me to take it out. Do you know what the little plastic insert that goes into a 45 is called? I have to hunt for one so the kids can listen to these old books with record I have.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 5, 2014 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure what they are called. My record player came with one and I was sure to remind my students to put it back in the “slot” when not in use!!

  6. Daycares in O'Fallon MO March 6, 2014 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this information with us. I think it is a fun activity which helps the student to learn different things with the help of record player. And the activity in which it was taught how to handle a record player and its maintenance are really good for a child.

  7. Bernadette March 14, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    I use an old record,player in my classroom as a simplified spirograph. Children poke the spindle through the center of a paper plate and use markers to create designs as the turntable turns. Tey are mesmerized by it! We use a 3 minute timer that is turned over as each child starts his/her turn and when the time is up it is the next person’s turn.

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