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.
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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