I thought we would close this month's theme, Mother Earth, with a lovely bedtime picture book about the mysterious wonders of blinking fireflies (or are they stars?), whimsically dancing mushrooms and the unusual sounds of smaller night creatures. Reminiscent of the repeating refrain in Goodnight Moon, in the night garden will lull little ones to sleep with peaceful images of the night outside their windows.
Ideas for Making it Real
Sleep outside! If you are able to camp, even in your backyard, do it often. Children love the sense of doing something quite unusual, but will also learn to listen quietly as nature travels through the night. And read In the Night Garden with your camping lantern turn down low....
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