Wednesday, September 26, 2012

22 Things to do with Your Kids at Bedtime

Bedtime is one of my favorite times of day with the kids.  And not just for the obvious reason that they will soon be asleep. It's special one on one time that is usually pretty low-key and full of snuggles. Life sure didn't have much meaning for me before those snuggles. 

Here is a list of low-key things to do with your kids in that small window of snuggle time.

Talk about your favorite part of the day.              
Ask what they can do to make tomorrow better. Then tell them how you can make your day better tomorrow.

Make up stories using your kids as the characters.

Read books.

Play letter/ sight word/ spelling word games.

Sing songs.

Thank God for the people and things in your life.

Tell each other how much you love them.
            “I love you as much as the sea is wide.”
            "I love you more than all the stars in the sky."


Talk about the schedule for the next day, so that there are no surprises.

Play a board game.

Write a letter to a grandparent.

Ask what your child’s favorite food was today and why.

Draw a picture describing the day.

Talk about different jobs and explain what they do.

Reread books.

Tell jokes and giggle.
          Our current favorite...
                       "Why did the horse cross the road?"
                        "He wanted to say hi to his NEIGH-bor."

Make shadow puppets.

Play flashlight tag.

Talk on walkie-talkies between the kid’s bedrooms.

Give Eskimo kisses.

Whisper in their ear all the hopes and dreams you have for them.

What are some things you do with your kids at bed time? Maybe we could make a few Miner adjustments to our list.



  1. I do love Cuddle Time as well! With the kids getting older (11 & 8) sometimes now they read and we just lay with them. It sure can take a while to get kids to bed sometimes, but it is worth it. I also miss when they were little enough to lay on top of me and fall asleep. And I secretly miss them sneaking into our bed during night or early morning and squeezing in the middle.

    1. Beth, thanks for reading! Mine are 6 & 4, so we are in the thick of it right now. I love it and know I will miss it someday too. You are so right that it takes a lot of time to do the bed routine! Some days I wish I could give it back!


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