Being a parent is not an easy task. You have to set up a routine, make sure that your child is consuming a healthy diet, put them to sleep on time, and get them ready for school. And this is not it. In such a busy schedule, you have to ensure that you are getting ample time to bond with your baby to form a special connection and make friends with them. Don’t know how? I will tell you!
If you have a toddler at home, you must be familiar with the bedtime routine for little ones. This includes a bath, brushing teeth, and a little night snack followed by a good bedtime story or a lullaby to make your little dove get a sound sleep. But what if I tell you that there are innovative games and activities that can not only make bedtime fun for your bundle of joy but also help you connect with your child? You can try these games and see how it gives you time to bond with your baby before they can go to sleep.
In this blog, I will walk you through 10 of the most exciting bedtime games that your child will love. Read on to know more.
10 Bedtime Games for kids
Here are some fun games for you to check out. These days will never come back and so the memories that you build on now will remain forever with you to cherish. So, make sure you try out a couple of games to see what difference it makes.
1. Story Books
Storybooks or storytelling is a lot of fun. Your kid will just love these bedtime stories so much that he would want you to tell him the same stories over and over again.
Here, what you can do is pick up a few good stories as in the ones with good moral values and it will settle in the subconscious mind of your child as he sleeps through the night.
You need to make sure to pick up books with a lot of pictures in them as kids love to see pictures while hearing out the stories.
2. Role Play
Another amazing way of having some fun is to do short easy role plays while lying on the bed. Pick up any favourite stories of your kid and just enact them by repeating the dialogues.
Kids love to do this and they enjoy it thoroughly. It will also hone the acting skills of your kid and would prepare him to do skits efficiently in his school.
Role plays are a great way to bring out the hidden acting talent in kids. It also helps to sharpen the memory of the kids.
3. Lights out
Yet, another fun game activity where you are supposed to dim the lights and let the hands shadow add some fun. You could make different animals on the wall using your hand shadow.
Or, you could narrate a story with your hand shadows on the wall. It is fun; it is creative and also opens up the creative channels of your kid.
Also, dim lights sensitize the sleep spot of the brain which helps in bringing early sleep.
4. Photo Albums
Going through cherished memories of your childhood or your family with your kid is amazing. He gets to learn a lot about family bonding and the love each shares with another.
You could ask some questions like, ‘Find mommy in the pink shirt?’, ‘Find your granny in these pictures’ or ‘which place is this?’ It creates family awareness in the child and at the same time is a lot of fun.
5. Connect with family members on Camera
Connecting with family living far away is fun and nurtures relationships as you put in quality time. A nice chat of 15 to 20 minutes relaxes you thoroughly and you can sleep with a light mind.
Usually, grandparents or other relatives shower a lot of love on the kids which gives them the right frame of mind to sleep with.
6. Creativity with stickers
Radium stickers that glow at night are a must thing to have. Kids love to see these stickers in the night. You could choose any stickers from stars, planets, Sun, Moon to anything like superheroes or some great inspiring personalities, etc.
Now, you can create the magic of storytelling or knowledge sharing using your own craft. This will help your kid to nurture his imagination rightly and in the process, he will learn a lot of new things about different things, objects, nature and people.
7. Chat Time
If you are working and if you have missed on fun activities of your kid through the day then this surely is a time to bond with your child.
Utilize this time in learning what all your kid did at home with his caretakers and what he did at school today?
This will be a great time to learn your child’s likings, disliking’s, interests and hobbies. You would love to learn about what you missed through the day and your child would also love to connect with you.
8. Fun Games
Solving easy riddles, puzzles or playing memory games at this hour will distress you completely. You could even devise your own games liked by you and your kid.
This also sharpens the intellect and the memory of the child and will also add on to his knowledge.
9. Relaxation Exercises
Relaxation exercises help you and your kid to relax and fall asleep faster. You could do contraction, relaxation exercises which need to be done for every single body part from head to toe.
You could do some meditation or citing of small prayers to help you relax.
10. Teaching something new
This pre nap time is really critical in adding to your child’s learning only if you plan to utilize it well. You could narrate moral stories or you could teach him the value or importance of doing certain rituals or practices followed by your family.
As the basic belief goes and some wise men are found quoting it ever and ever again, “Life is precious and every single minute counts.”
You were chosen as the creator of your child’s life and you have to make him learn the true essence of life.
Often, parents end up finding satisfaction and pride in the marks scored or the school chosen or the talent possessed by the kid.
But, by having a one to one good quality time with your kid you are only ensuring a complete all round brought up of your child which enables his mental and emotional development to the fullest.