Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
This classic book is always raved about, but after our first read we weren't really drawn in. It sure grows on you though! Each page gets a little darker. The clock gets later. The moon gets higher. There are lots of details to explore in the room. It really is a sweet bedtime book.
Scroll down for:
⚈ 1 Play ideas ⚈ 2 Classroom Activities
Get your hands on this book here:
Alphabet hunt - Age 2+
Rather than 'teaching' the alphabet to little ones, you can expose them to it over and over through various games. Inspired by this book's mouse, who you can hunt for on each page, why not hunt for the alphabet? If you have any flashcards or decorative cards, hide them around the house for little ones to find. Of course you can simply draw up your own too!
Rhyming word hunt - Age 3+
This activity can be done with any book that is written in rhyme. One early literacy skill is just being able to hear and distinguish sounds. To start off, ask children if they can hear rhyming words. Repeat sentences and emphasis the rhymes. When they are older or when they are ready, they can start hunting through books for rhyming words.
To extend it even farther, they can copy down the words they find and you can discuss which part of the word sounds similar (beginning, middle or end). Try underlining the sounds and discuss any similarities or differences in spelling.
DIY Goodnight Book - Age 2+
Do you say goodnight to the objects in your child's room, like they do in the book? Why not make a little book together that contains all the parts of their room. It will be fun to read now, together when they are little. It will be even nicer to read in 20 years, when they are all grown up!
Kids or adults can take pictures of parts of their bedroom. Print them out and depending on the age of the children, have them write, 'Goodnight ______' underneath. Staple them together and you have a beautiful little bedtime book of their very own room.
- The DIY Goodnight Book listed above would make a great homework project for older kids too.
- Have students improve the story (the pages that say 'Goodnight nothing' for example!)
- Have a pyjama party in your classroom and include this book and other old favourites as part of it
Click below for other books and activities about bedtime: