Drifting to Sleep in the Rock-a-Bye Room

Reading together is an important part of our bedtime routine. While her routine has changed as she has grown, our reading time has remained the same. I love finding peaceful books to read to her that can help lull her into a good night’s sleep.

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Rock-a-Bye Room was written by Susan Meyers and illustrated by Amy Bates. This story follows a mother and her child as she sings her to sleep. They say good night to all the items in her room and go through their bedtime routine. The beautiful illustrations and rhyming text create a peaceful story full of love. Just reading it makes me want to curl up with my daughter and sing to her!

There are lots of fun activities you can do to accompany this story.

Create your own moon

Moon Art – Give kids a piece of white paper and a yellow crayon. Have them place the paper over something textured, like a Lego base plate. Color across the paper until you see the pattern coming through. Cut the patterned paper into a moon shape. My daughter had a lot of fun creating a moon with a polka dotted pattern from the base plate. Encourage kids to look around your home for different textures that they could use. Turn this into a game by coloring different patterns onto your moon and see if you can guess what everyone used.

Rock-a-Bye Room Moon ArtRock-a-Bye Room Moon Art

 

Moon Lacing – This is a great way to work on fine motor skills. Cut a moon shape out of a paper plate and have kids  paint it. When the paint has dried, punch holes along the edge of the moon and have them use yellow yarn or string to lace along the holes. Encourage them to practice different lacing styles and be creative. For very young kids who may have difficulty manipulating a string, try using a yellow pipe cleaner to start them on the path to lacing.

Get ready for bed with the Rock-a-Bye Room!

Night Routines – Routine is important for very young kids, and bedtime routines are one of the first that they learn. Use index cards to have kids write and/or draw the parts of their nightly routine. Have them place the cards in the right order (whatever order you use as a family). You can also hang these cards in the bathroom or their bedroom to remind them of the steps in your routine.

Night Sensory Bottle – Sensory bottles can be incredibly calming for both kids and adults. We created this night time sensory bottle for my daughter to help her calm down. Clean out an empty plastic bottle and fill it about halfway with water. Add glitter glue and food coloring to the bottle, then fill it up with baby oil. We added extra glitter because our glitter glue wasn’t sparkly enough for my taste. Adjust the ingredients and colors as you see fit. Glue the lid onto the bottle and let it dry. Shake it up and feel yourself calming down as the glitter swirls around and slowly settles.

 

Bed/Blanket/Pillow Color Matching – This is a fun bedtime themed color matching game. Cut medium sized rectangles out of brown construction paper (for the beds), and slightly smaller rectangles out of different colors of paper (for the blankets). You will also need to cut matching small rectangles out of the same colors (for the pillows). Write one color name on each bed and have kids find the matching pieces.

Rock-a-Bye Room is a beautifully illustrated story that is perfect for sharing with kids before bed. The love between the mother and child jumps off the page, making it a great read aloud for parents and kids.

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60 Comments

  • Gayle | EverSimple Mom

    August 17, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply

    I’ve never heard of this book but I’m always looking for good quality literature for my kids and home daycare. The moon activity is great for fine motor development and I have a feeling my daughter would love the pillow/blanket matching (she loves anything that her dolls/stuffies can participate in).

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm Reply

      It is a beautiful book to share before bed! I hope you check it out and enjoy it together!

  • Elizabeth Voyles

    August 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

    I also love peaceful books for bedtime reading that help lull them to sleep. This would be a nice addition to our collection. I will take a look at it. And love the moon activity!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it. It is a beautifully illustrated book and perfect for bedtime!

  • Toni

    August 17, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Aww this looks like such a beautiful book! I will have to see if i can find it here in the UK! I love the night sensory bottle too! I will definitely be using that idea

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

      It is a great addition to a soothing nighttime routine! We love the sensory bottle too for calming down. It even helps me when I need to destress!

  • Joslynn wassing

    August 17, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

    I love these ideas!
    Books are always a part of out night time routine, I love the idea to have an activity that corespondent with the book!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

      Thank you! We love reading before bed too!

  • Shell

    August 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply

    I never heard of this book before but it sounds like a wonderful addition to our bedtime stories collection:)

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

      It is a beautiful book! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Jenn

    August 17, 2017 at 5:43 pm Reply

    My son is quite young, but he loves books. I can’t wait to do these type of reading activities with him!

    • Vicki

      August 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply

      That is awesome! I hope you have fun with them!

  • Minakshi bajpai

    August 18, 2017 at 1:46 am Reply

    My daughter always want to listen bed time stories from me or from her father. This book sounds great and best option for her. The fun activities related to bed time are also superb. She loves to read this book 📖. Thanks for sharing

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply

      I hope she likes it! It is a beautiful book!

  • Thena

    August 18, 2017 at 7:01 am Reply

    I can’t tell you how much I love this!!!!!! You have such fun and great activities, love following you!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! We have a lot of fun bringing books to life together!

  • Deryn | Running on Real Food

    August 18, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply

    I don’t have children but those books and products sound great. Where was all this fun stuff when I was a kid! ?

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thank you! I tell my mom all the time I’m so impressed with how many creative activities she came up with when we were kids before there was Pinterest!

  • D at Be you and thrive

    August 18, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

    I love all things creative and you did so wonderfully creative pieces here! Love it! xo. D

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Lauren | also known as mama

    August 18, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

    Cute! Love the moon lacing craft!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Tanvi Rastogi

    August 18, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply

    This is such a good book. I would have to get it for my Godson.

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply

      I hope he enjoys it!

  • Lori | Choosing Wisdom

    August 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    I’ve always felt strongly about bedtime routines! This book sounds like a great pick for that time of day! I always appreciate your fun activities to reinforce the books you choose!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm Reply

      Thank you so much! I agree that bedtime routines are so important! They have definitely been a big life saver for me.

  • Kelly Chakerian

    August 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Love this and all the crafts to do along with the book!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Nicole Flower

    August 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

    I love these ideas especially using a lego to make the moon’s texture! You are so creative!

    xo, Nicole

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

      Thank you! She really enjoyed watching the texture come through!

  • Clair

    August 18, 2017 at 2:36 pm Reply

    You always have the best activities to go along with books! This is such a cute activity…and loved the night sensory bottle!

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

      Aw, thank you so much! The sensory bottle definitely helps me calm down too!

  • Meg

    August 18, 2017 at 3:07 pm Reply

    I seriously need to make a sensory bottle like that for my kids. They need all the help they can get calming down.

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

      Every little bit helps doesn’t it?!

  • Kim

    August 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm Reply

    I’ve made those calming bottles for my classroom, but I used glycerin instead of baby oil:)

    • Vicki

      August 18, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

      That’s a good idea! I will have to try that in our next one! I’ve been wanting to do more of them!

  • Tabitha Blue

    August 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I love all of the activities surrounding the book and theme, such a great way to build on it!

    • Vicki

      August 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thank you!

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove

    August 19, 2017 at 7:26 pm Reply

    That book looks so sweet and I love the activities you included to go along with it!

    • Vicki

      August 19, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

      Thank you! It is a very cute book for bedtime!

  • Patricia

    August 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I’ve never heard of this book. It sounds wonderful and I love the accompanying activities!!

    • Vicki

      August 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      I hope you check it out! It is a very sweet book.

  • Dory

    August 21, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply

    sound a wonderful book. i’m always in search for this kind

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      It’s a great book to share before bed!

  • Kayla O'Neill

    August 21, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

    I am always looking for new bedtime books to read with my son! I will be checking this out! Love the moon craft project…a lot of good skills are worked on when creating that!

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

      Thank you! We had a lot of fun with it! It is a beautiful little book to read before bed.

  • Becky - Mommytakes5

    August 21, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    I love your craft ideas to go along with the book. This looks like the kind of book my peanut would love. The calm down bottle isn’t something that I have been wanting to make for a while now. Time to add it to the to do list.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      Thank you! I love the calm down bottle – for myself as much as my daughter!

  • Megan Beaver

    August 21, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply

    This looks like not only a great book to read butsoem very educational projects to dowith your child. I will have to check the book out on Amazon.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 8:01 pm Reply

      I hope you do, and I hope you enjoy it!

  • Candy

    August 21, 2017 at 6:03 pm Reply

    I think this is so sweet. I love moon related things. Your blog has so many craft ideas, I can get lost for hours. The kids like to peak at my computer too.

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 8:04 pm Reply

      Aw, I’m so glad! That means a lot to me!

  • Laila Laurson

    August 21, 2017 at 6:50 pm Reply

    I think that these are some wonderful ideas. I have always wanted to make a sensory bottle with my son. I think look like they are fun to make. I thinking reading to your kids or with them before they go to bed is excellent routine. My son loves reading with us before he goes to bed and he is eight. Thank you for sharing the post!

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply

      That is great that he loves reading at bedtime! I have such fond memories of reading with my parents and bedtime, and I hope my daughter will remember our read alouds fondly as well!

  • Erin Hollis

    August 21, 2017 at 11:00 pm Reply

    This book sounds awesome! My children love bedtime reading, so we will have to check it out. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Vicki

      August 21, 2017 at 11:25 pm Reply

      It is a beautiful book for bedtime! I hope you enjoy it!

  • Thena

    August 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Once again, your post nails it. I love your creativity!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Vicki

      August 22, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Kristen Raney

    August 25, 2017 at 7:25 pm Reply

    Bookaroo sounds like such a cool service. I love all the activities you suggested, especially the sensory bottle.

    • Vicki

      August 25, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply

      Thank you! It’s awesome to have quality books delivered right to the door, and we had a lot of fun with the projects!

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