Your child is settled down and all tucked away comfy cozy. He is ready for a bedtime story. This precious moment when so many good things happen, and feelings of security are nurtured, can also be very stressful. Be prepared with a plan and be ready to deliver with animated passion. There are no rules in the giving of bedtime stories. There are, however, different ways to do it, so here are three bedtime story ideas for kids for you to consider.
1. Read a Book.
The choice of book should be those that provide a moral and life-lesson. Young children tend to like to read the same book for several nights, so that works to the parent’s advantage. The more we read it, the better we know where the key points are, and emphasize those properly in our delivery. Adding your own silly voices to the characters is a huge bonus to your child. They love it, and it helps them see you in another light that balances the times we have to be stern.
2. Create Your Own Story.
This way of telling a bedtime story is by far the most fun. It takes creativity and being able to improv on the spot. The inspiration for the story can literally come from anywhere. Ask your child to pick two stuffed animals, and you can make a story out of that using them as the puppets. All you need is a simple plot with a positive moral. This is a great way to help in whatever stage your child is at in development.
3. Technology Meets Bedtime.
Our lives have been dramatically altered this century by technology. This gives us an advantage our parents never had regarding bedtime stories. Use that power and mix in video and creativity to your story telling. The Picturebook app for the iPhone and iPad allows children who don’t know how to read or write to create their own stories. We may also find plenty of stories on YouTube and sites of that nature, from the classics to stories we may not have known existed. Shake up the traditional bedtime story, and put technology to good use!
Huddle Up Question
ask what their favorite type of bedtime story is. Then either read one or create one.