Read on to learn more about the "night sky" themed activities we did this week, as well as some "bedtime" activities.
Starry Sky Painting
Night Sky Sensory Bottle
We need to do some tweaking on this one. I love the idea, but it turned out just ok for us, and I wanted it to be spectacular. Despite using far less hair gel than the instructions originally suggested, the mixture in the bottle is really thick and the stars can't quite move. I might try again with much much less hair gel. Or I might attempt to transfer this to a sensory bag by putting the mixture in a gallon sized zip-top bag and duct taping the edges. If you try it, leave a comment on how it turns out!
Bedtime for Baby
We started by reading Llama Llama: Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney. T is a huge fan of Llama Llama books and, as I expected, this one was no exception. It's short and sweet but touches on every part of the normal bedtime routine - taking a bath, brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, etc.
After reading our book, we used T's baby doll to work through the process of bedtime through pretend play. First we gave his baby a bath and brushed it's teeth. Then we put a diaper and pajamas on baby and read him a story. Finally we gave baby a kiss and tucked him into his cradle.
The "bath" was an especially fun part of the activity, as it doubled as sensory play. I filled a small tub with warm water, added a few squirts of foaming baby wash, and gave my toddler a wash cloth and bath toy/rinsing cup. He had a blast "washing" baby and rinsing him off. Then we snuggled him on in a towel to dry him off before bed.
Night Sky and Bedtime songs
- Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
- Moon Moon Moon - Laurie Berkner Band
- Stars are Shining - Laurie Berkner Band
- A Lullaby - Laurie Berkner Band (I reserved this one for actual bedtime)
- Goodnight - Laurie Berkner Band (also reserved for bedtime, but a favorite we've been singing to T since he was a tiny infant)
- Moonboat - Tom Chapin
- Blanketville - Tom Chapin