Sometimes, your kid just Wont. Go. To. Sleep. I mean there is a water glass to fill, another story to read, and one last hug to hug (I don’t mind that one). Sigh. Resistance is futile. Embrace the never-ending winding down process with the adorable Nott, who has to catch fireflies, rescue her bear friend, and find the moon before settling in. And by the end, maybe - just maybe - your child will finally nod off, too.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities:
Bedtime routines help children wind down and relax. Sleep experts stress the importance of consistent sleep habits as part of a child’s well being. Talk to your child about his/her sleep routine. What does your child do to settle down? Take pictures of your child performing each of these activities and use the photographs to create a personalized sleep book. Be sure to explain that getting a good night’s sleep is critical for our brains and bodies to rest. Oh, and it helps to get rid of a small critter called Crank E. Ness.
Build your child’s language development with a lesson on opposites. Play an opposite performance game by naming a word and inviting your child to act out the meaning of that word. Next, have your child perform the opposite of that word. For instance, I may ask my son to jump “up” and then to crouch “down.” This activity uses gross and fine motor movements to demonstrate understanding. Here are a few opposite pairs to get you started: up/down; left/right; hot/cold; light/dark; soft/hard; in/out; off/on; good/bad; over/under; happy/sad; wet/dry; slow/fast; sleep/awake.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:
You Are Getting Sleepy…
As the story progresses, observant users can see that Nott is getting sleepier and sleepier. Ask your child to identify the signs that Nott is starting to wind down (i.e. yawning, posture is slouching, droopy eyelids). This exercise will encourage your child to make inferences while reading, a skill that is critical for readers of all ages.
Children are invited to take part in Nott’s story as she unwinds for bed.
Help Nott catch fireflies for her lamp. Play peekaboo with Nott’s forest friends, who fall asleep when they are “caught.”
Nott’s furry friend, Nox, needs to be rescued from the lake! Find specific items to rescue Nox and bring him back to safety.
Nott wants to say goodnight to the moon but needs help finding it.
Once each activity is complete, your child can turn off the lamp, tuck Nott and Nox in, and put the moon to sleep.
Extend the app experience with a real life activity:
Yoga for Kids
Yoga is a fantastic way for people of all ages to relax the mind and body. It is especially beneficial for those in the 2-5-year-old set, as it teaches awareness, concentration, and calmness. Teach your child some kid-friendly yoga poses with this video. There are also great books out there like Little Yoga: A Toddler’s First Book of Yoga, The ABCs of Yoga for Kids, and You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses.
Goodnight Moon is a classic story of bedtime routines. Margaret Wise Brown tells the timeless tale of a little bunny that says goodnight to everything before closing his eyes. Read it with your child and compare it with Nott Won’t Sleep. What are some things that are the same about the two stories (i.e. bedtime stories; take place at night; involve animals; center on bedtime routines)? What are some differences (i.e. parent in the story vs. no parent; travels outside a room vs. entire story takes place in one room; different bedtime routine)? Being able to compare and contrast stories fosters deep thinking across texts.
Party with Sloths (and by “Party” I Mean Chillax)
Did you know that sloths sleep an average of 20 hours a day? One would think that after all that sleep, sloths would have a lot of energy…but even when they are awake they are slow! They only come down from their trees once a week to go to the bathroom. But don’t be fooled: sloths know how to defend themselves against predators with their fierce claws and shrieking. (Hmm. Sounds a little like my youngest son at bedtime.) Find out more about sloths’ habitat, diet, and other fun facts by visiting one of these websites: