When I was little my grandmother used to record stories on tape for us. We still have some of them! She also sent some to my cousins who were overseas at the time. I think this is an awesome gift for little ones that live far away. They get to hear your voice on a consistent basis, acting out your love from thousands of miles away by reading stories to them!
A few years ago I took the same concept and made a set of books on CD for my nephews (age 2 and 3 at the time). I chose some favorite books from childhood and recorded myself (and my husband) reading them using my computer.
I used a free recording software called Audacity. It worked well. Their software was easy to use and easy to edit. I later went in and added a little chime sound for when the page should be turned. The software made it easy to dub the chime to my saved recording. Just Google “free sound effects” to find a wide array of choices. Finally I burned all the stories onto a cd, made a cute little cover for it and packaged cd and books together for my nephews.
We also recorded some fun family stories and songs and I added a few stories from my grandma and grandpa (using the tapes they gave us as kids).
I should add that I am not a technological expert by any means. I have trouble with Facebook! I guarantee that if I could do this, anyone could.
It really wasn’t a difficult project to complete and I think it’s a great gift. I recently burned all those same stories onto a cd for J so it’s become a gift that keeps on giving! It’s been great to use on road trips and plane trips. It also works great while cooking dinner.
If you’re still deciding on a Christmas gift for a little one in your family, you should try this out!
Age attempted: 2 and 3 (for nephews and for J)