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My Bedtime Routine Book

Cut out pictures from magazines or use photos of your own child to create a Bedtime Routine Book.

Materials:

Pictures from magazines or photographs of your child
Index cards or paper
Glue, tape or stapler
Hole punch
Notebook ring or yarn or string
Crayons or markers

Directions:

Cut out pictures from magazines or use photos of your own child to create a Bedtime Routine Book. You could even make simple drawings of different things children to do get ready for bed, like:

  • Put toys away
  • Put on PJs
  • Brush teeth
  • Wash face and hands
  • Read a story together
  • Talk about your day
  • Say prayers
  • Kiss goodnight

Together you can make a book about your child’s bedtime routine using the pictures.  Paste or tape one picture of a routine to each index card or piece of paper. You child can color the card, and you can add words as well.

Punch a hole in the corner of each of the cards so they can be held together with a notebook ring or yarn or string to make this your child’s own personalized Bedtime Book.

 

 


Take it Further

Bedtime can be especially hard for young children because it means being separated from the ones they love. If going to bed is difficult for your child, it might be comforting to have something of yours to keep through the night, like a glove or a small scarf. Those personal things can help your child feel connected with you, even though you're not right there.

Talk About It

You can make books in a similar way about other routines: morning, mealtime, going to school, etc. These are great opportunities to talk together with your child. Of course there are times when you have to make changes to routines. Explain why you are changing things and tell your child you will get back to the routine as soon as you can. It can help to remember that children really do want to know that their parents are in charge. When we stick to rules and routines, we're helping our children feel more secure -- and therefore more loved.


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