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What is your kids’ bedtime routine? We’ve had a pretty set bedtime routine for several years now with our six-year-old! In fact, it’s so set that even if we get home late from an event or have dinner late with neighbors, we still have to do each and every step! Our bedtime routine starts with a little bit of TV time, reading books (3 exactly), then we brush our teeth, change into jammies, and sing exactly 3 songs. Sometimes we try to cut or shorten the TV time, but we never ever shorten the book time because we really want to make sure to read to him every day!
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy
Recently we got a new book to add to our bedtime book rotation called Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy! Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy is about a boy, Roderick, who tries all kinds of antics to avoid having to go to bed, only to be later thwarted in his efforts by his stuffed animal Sleepy. Sleepy turns out to have a few antics of his own, which turn out to be too much for Roderick to handle! My son loved the book and thought it was hilarious! The author, Drew Daywalt, wrote some other fun children’s books you might recognize such as The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Illustrations by Scott Campbell add to the hilarity of the story!
A book and a craft
I always love the idea of doing a fun craft to go along with some of our favorite books. So, we decided to make our own goodnight buddies to go along with Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy. I am all about simple and easy crafts that kids can make themselves, and this one is right up that alley!
Make your own Goodnight Buddy
To make our buddies, we used some old (clean!) socks that no longer had matches. This craft is really easy to put together because it’s no sew and focused on the kids making it. Because of this, it may not look perfect or professional, but my son loved making it and couldn’t wait to play with his goodnight buddy the next day! It’s also a craft you can do without a lot of prep work. You probably have most of the supplies on hand already!
You will need:
- a sock for each person making a buddy
- stuffing (we used a bag of batting, you can use pillow stuffing as well)
- craft glue
- googly eyes
- ribbon or string
- felt in various colors to make the mouth, ears, and other decorations your kids may want
First, stuff the socks with the pillow stuffing until they are all stuffed up. Then, tie a string or ribbon at the bottom to close it off. Tie another string very tight about 1/3 of the way down from the toe of the sock to make the “head.”
Cut out a mouth and ears in the shapes you want. My son wanted his mouth and ears to look like Sleepy from the book, so that’s what we did! But, you can make yours however you’d like. This is a great place to let your kids creative light shine! Finally, glue on the felt pieces and eyes and you’re done!
Carter was so proud and happy with his goodnight buddy! I made him wait for the glue to dry overnight before playing with it.
We’ve enjoyed adding Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy to our bedtime book routine. This book was just released and you can check it out for yourself on amazon if you’re interested in buying it!
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