It is time for Alfie Bear and his little brother and sister to go to bed, but Alfie is just not tired! In a burst of inspiration, he decides to be a fish, an owl, or a wolf instead. Any kind of animal that doesn’t have to go to sleep. But surprise, surprise, the wolf pups have to go to bed too.
"Time to Sleep Alfie Bear" by Catherine Walters “ was beautifully illustrated, and the characters were so real and lovable. And Alfie had all the energy and creativity that a parent of a young child will instantly relate to.
Books for Children Ages: 3 to 6 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Going to bed, nocturnal animals, going to bed when the sun is still up in the summer, taking care of little brothers and sisters, helping each other, how families are different and the same.
- Pretend to swim like fish, fly like owls, run like wolves, and dance like bears. Which animal is you favorite to pretend to be? Skills: Gross motor, imaginary play.
- Help calm down for bed with this activity. Wiggle around and try to use all your different muscles. Wiggle slower and slower until you are still. Start with your toes and think about your toes going to sleep, then your ankles going to sleep, all the way up your body until you get to your eyes, then close your eyes and think about your eyes going to sleep, and then finally your mind going to sleep to dream. Take slow breaths together to help your body go to sleep. Verbalize each step for your child, gradually talking slower and quieter. Skills: Gross motor, physical awareness, attention, listening.
- Make bath-time fish to play with. Use a water bottle for the body. Draw a face, fins, and tail on craft foam. Cut out fins and duct tape to the bottle cap. Fill with water to make fish that sink, and leave empty for fish that float. Skills: Fine motor, creative play, pre-science (floating and sinking).
Children's Book Review Rating: 4 Stars – Beneficial Book