Activity 2 - Super Sleep!
Begin by talking about why sleep is important. Here are some ideas to get the conversation started. Sleep helps our body to...
- Feel awake and able to concentrate
- Recover after a busy day
- Repair - our body repairs things when we're asleep
- Remember - sleep boosts our memory
- Sort out problems or worries - our brain keeps working when we're asleep and can help is to work out the answer to problems that might be bothering us!
To help us get enough sleep it helps everyone (and that includes adults!) if they have a good bedtime routine.
Find out how much sleep young people need, from the NHS Live Well website, here.
Next, talk about the things we do before going to bed (e.g. stop looking at screens - TV, tablet, phone etc.) put nightwear on, brush teeth, wash hands and face or have a bath, bedtime story, cuddle teddy bear or blanket etc.
Look at the picture of Harold the healthy giraffe's bedtime routine and together, cut out the pictures of bedtime routine activities, then stick them onto a blank sheet of A4 paper in the correct order for their own bedtime routine. If you don't have a printer, draw the pictures, putting them in the right order.
Your child can draw additional activities and include these if they want to.