Bedtime for Toddlers

Yawns and PJ’s swept the library as we read bedtime stories! Our first story was the fun rhyming, “Llama, Llama Red Pajama” by Anna Dewdney. Baby Llama is supposed to be sleeping-but how can he when Mama Llama is not there?! A perfect, reassuring read for little ones who experience “Llama Drama” at bedtime.

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“In a great green room…” this is how the classic “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd, begins. Nestle down with bunny as he says goodnight to all the clocks, socks, mittens, and kittens in his room. The illustrations have a great retro feel that will take grownups back and enchant toddlers. Try your own Goodnight Moon by saying goodnight to things around your child’s room. (One of the best things about stories is that they do not have to be housed within a book. You can act them out, tell them aloud or even make them up with the help of your child.)

We then went on a scavenger hunt for different colored shapes! After finding the shapes we sang the color shape song to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.” It goes a little something like this:

If you have a (color, shape)

Please stand up, please stand up

If you have a (color, shape), please stand up

Now sit down.

Whether at home or the store it is easy to be on the lookout for different shapes and colors. Kids love the challenge and feeling of accomplishment as they show you what they found while reinforcing shapes and colors!


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