One of the best ways to help your child fall asleep easily is to make sure they go to bed relaxed. Are you looking for some ideas for calming activities before bedtime? Here are just a few!
1. Jigsaw puzzles
Jigsaws are an ideal activity for children under 6 and can have an instant calming effect in kids who are overexcited or having a tantrum. They are also a great way of developing hand-eye coordination. And there’s no shortage of choice on today’s market, including wooden jigsaws or ones branded with children’s favourite characters. A relaxing activity to share with your child!
2. Audio books
Discover a new way of reading! From The Little Prince to Harry Potter and the Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, audio books are now widely available, with something for everyone. And if you’re looking for something soothing, try some of the mindfulness audio books such as Sitting Still Like a Frog. A way to teach serenity and calm, specially tailored to the needs of very young children.
3. Home-made puppets
This fun activity stimulates the imagination of kids of all ages. Why not help children turn kitchen gloves into home-made puppets, cutting out and decorating the fingers to create amazing characters and stories they can act out? Or, easier still, simply draw faces onto the ends of your fingers using washable felt-tip pens.
4. Stretching games
Every evening, do some stretching exercises with your kids. The whole family can get together, relax and release the day’s tensions. Rock a cuddly toy with your child to the sound of soothing music in the background. You could also mime a flower as it grows, a cat arching its back or a butterfly unfurling its wings.
Rock-paper-scissors is a great game for calming down even the most boisterous of kids. And all you need is your hand. To make it even more soothing, why not try playing the game in complete silence?
Help your child drift off to sleep peacefully by encouraging relaxing activities. And to ensure a better night’s sleep, discover REMI, your little one’s sleep companion.