Friday, 13 April 2018

Bath, Book, Bed

There are days where I feel like I am counting down until bedtime and days where I look forward to a moment of calm together at the end of a busy day.  The Book Trust are running a campaign to encourage making stories part of your bedtime routine and we have been getting crafty to make story time as fun as possible.

We decided to make our own reading den which turned out to be very messy and lots of fun! We took a large white bed sheet and some fabric paints and I let the kids go wild! Of course one mostly wanted to paint herself, one had lots of artistic ideas and one wanted to squirt as much paint as he possibly could into a very small space.  The end result was colourful and crazy and I know we can add to it when we want to.








We don't have loads of spare space, so we decided that Finn's bed could become the designated reading den.  I attached the sheet to the top with two huge elastic bands, but clothing pegs are ideal for something like this.  We used colourful ribbons and cardboard stars to make it more fun and popped some cushions along the back.  I am hoping to add some fairy lights to when the evenings get darker.  I needed something that could be put up and down easily and we can store this on a shelf and pop it up every evening to make reading time more cosy. 






The children absolutely love it and they couldn't wait for pyjamas on the first day, they wanted to dive straight in and get their books out!

The book Trust are the UK's largest children's reading charity and they are trying to encourage parents to make reading part of their child's bedtime routine, not only to help them sleep but to fuel their imagination, creativity and confidence. You can find more tips on creating a great bedtime routine over on their website!

I have a fantastic giveaway today to win this  Peppa Pig bedtime bundle pictured below, follow the simple rafflecopter instructions below.





114 comments:

  1. Don't let the Pigeon drive the bus is a favourite here!

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  2. We don't have a favourite bed time story here, changes daily.

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  3. To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers

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  4. Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? by Mick Inkpen

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  5. Goodnight mamma cant remember yhe author !

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  6. Matthew loves the gruffalo and Ellie is reading the BFG at the moment

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  7. We love most books, especially pop up books

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  8. She loves I Love You This Much because we always say I love you to the moon and back

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  9. I don't have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

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  10. My grandson likes Giraffe's can't dance.

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  11. My daughters (and mine) favourite book at the moment is More Ketchup Please by Adam Bestwick! Its great.

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  12. My son loves - 'The Bedtime Bear' by Ian Whybrow x

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  13. at the moment we are enjoying the Mr Men series

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  14. The Gruffalo...but only if Daddy does the silly voices ;)

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  15. My niece's favourite book are any Disney ones!

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  16. I Love You This Much.

    Rachel Craig

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  17. Dr Seuss my kids love all the books

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  18. I liked reading Each Peach Pear Plum :)

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  19. We're reading "Where's Spot?" a lot at the moment!

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  20. My two little ones do not have a favorite, they love all their books

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  21. My son absolutely loves Gruffalo and what the lady bird heard :)

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  22. We;re currently reading JAmes and the Giant Peach, which is affectionately known in our house as plum, peach castle.

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  23. my daughter loves igglepiggle lost his blanket

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  24. Goldilocks and the 3 bears

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  25. The Gruffalo at the moment.

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  26. My daughter loves Albie and the Space Rocket

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  27. Stickman, my little 1s love it

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  28. Julia Donaldson books such as the smartest giant in town.

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  29. It changes on a weekly bases. At the moment it's the avengers and zog

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  30. My daughter loves her Peppa pig books

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  31. We love all the Julia Donaldson books, but a special favourite is Scarecrows Wedding.

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  32. my niece loves the snail and the whale

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  33. mine loves the three little pigs

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  34. My sons favourite is 'How do dinosaurs say goodnight'

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  35. Guess how much I love you is a favourite in our home xxx

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  36. my littleman loves his spacemnan book and my little girl doesnt have a fave, she seems to pick something different every day!!

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  37. anything Disney!

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  38. My little grandson loves The Goodnight Train

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  39. The youngest loves The Very Hungry caterpillar and knows the words off by heart.

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  40. My granddaughter loves The Gruffalo - no matter how many times I read it to her!

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  41. My sons loving the hungry caterpillar at the minute.

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  42. mine love a good fairytale so Cinderella is always a good choice x

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  43. granddaughter loves any disney books

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  44. My grandson loves The Thomas The tank books

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  45. My daughter loves where oh where is Huggle Buggle Bear

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  46. The Guess How Much I Love You books are our favourite bedtime reads

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  47. christine westlake25 April 2018 at 17:13

    super worm

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  48. My daughter loves The Gruffalo

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  49. Monster Max Shark Spaghetti is favourite at the moment!

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  50. Currently ‘goodnight tractor’ for our tractor mad nearly 2 year old 😊

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  51. Grace loves the Maisy Mouse series by Lucy Cousins.

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  52. my grandson loves the story Spider Sandwiches read to him

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  53. Fiona Johnstone26 April 2018 at 16:10

    Roald Dahl books are always a favourite. Esio Trot, The BFG- they are all great.

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  54. Beauty and the Beast is Phoenix's and Cinderella is Maxx's. :) Mylah doesn't care too much and enjoys whatever we read.

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  55. Cinderella is the favourite at the moment x

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  56. Grandsons is any Thomas the Tank books, I enjoy them as well

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  57. Lullabyhullabaloo - The Princess is sleeping.

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  58. My boys love all the Mr Men books

    Kirsty Fox

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  59. My little boys favourite bedtime story is 'We're going on a bear hunt'

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  60. At the moment it's "What is poo?" *eye roll*

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  61. we are really enjoying the Oi! series at the mo so Oi Frog! Oi Dog! etc x

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  62. My granddaughter is one next week. She won't entertain books at the moment. I'm hoping to find her a teletubbies book. She loves watching them on TV

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  63. Both my kids are loving the "Oi..." series at the moment. We discovered the series through World Book Day and the kids love them! "Oi...Dog" seems to be the fav at the moment. :)

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  64. My daughter Sheriah 5 loves the gruffalo my baby Charlie loves twirlywoos

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  65. Percy the Park Keeper by Nick Butterworth; we really love hearing about his adventures with the animals.

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  66. My daughter Alexis loves "I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed"... She also loves Charlie and Lola on cbeebies...😁

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  67. The Velveteen Rabbit

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  68. We have a few: Pants, Room on the broom, and the Rainbow magic stories

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  69. My son loves the supertato stories.

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  70. Room on the broom is my daughters favourite :) x

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