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Baby Bedtime: Teaching Notes

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Baby Bedtime
Mem Fox
Illustrated by Emma Quay

I could eat your little ears.
I could nibble on your nose.
I could munch your tiny fingers.
I could gobble up your toes.  

Read my review of Baby Bedtime here.

Baby Bedtime: Question Time!

Before reading:
Find a cosy place to snuggle up with your little one. Look at the book cover. Ask, ‘What can you see in the picture?’ ‘What do you think they are doing?’
Lead to discussion about mum or dad (or grandparent) settling child into bedtime routine.

During reading:
Touch or pat the body parts of your child as you read them in the story (nibble on your nose, munch your tiny fingers, stroke your silky hair). ‘What can you see in the pictures?’ (books, chair, crib, etc).

After reading:
Re-tell (or sing) the lullaby in your own words, putting your child into bed. Finish with a kiss upon the brow.
Alternatively, your child can do the actions to you, reinforcing knowledge of body parts.  

Baby Bedtime: Learning Time!  

Music / Movement / Games (Body Parts).
Learn and reinforce understanding of body parts through songs and rhymes.
– Sing and dance to such songs as:
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Dr Knickerbocker
Tickle Yourself
Round and Round the Garden
This Little Piggy Went to Market
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Hokey Pokey
See lyrics for lots of  ‘body’ songs and nursery rhymes at: and  

Baby Bedtime is a lullaby in a picture book. Sing lullaby songs to settle your little ones to bed.
Lullaby and Good Night
Hush, Little Baby
Rock a Bye Baby
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Baby Mine
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Toora Loora Loora
See lyrics here:  

Role Play.
– Look after a doll or large plush toy to go through the bedtime steps; bath time, dinner time, brush teeth, put pyjamas on, toilet, read a story, go to bed.
Have appropriate size clothes for the toy, and a warm, cosy place to sleep.  

Read other age appropriate books by Mem Fox.
Where is the Green Sheep?
Time for Bed
Hello Baby!
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes
Where the Giant Sleeps
Tell Me About Your Day Today
Good Night, Sleep Tight  

– Read other book about elephants.
Too Many Elephants in This House by Ursula Dubosarsky
Elmer the Patchwork Elephant by David McKee
Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Suess
Dumbo by Disney
Mr McGee and the Elephants by Pamela Allen
Little Elephants by Graeme Base  

– Draw a picture doing a night time routine. Eg. eating dinner, taking a bath, brushing teeth, putting pjs on, reading a story, sleeping in bed. Adult to scribe a sentence.
– Take photos of these activities. Include a favourite sleeptime doll or toy to be included in the routine and photos. Display in an album or poster labeled, ”My Bedtime Routine”.
– B is for Baby. Identify the letter ‘Bb’. Say the letter, say the sound ‘b’.
Find it in the book.
Trace it with your finger (in the air, on the ground, on your tummy, on your palm, or on paper with a pencil).
Say words that start with ‘b’. Play ‘Eye-Spy’ looking for things that start with ‘b’.  


Art / Craft.
Elephant crafts.
– Elephant handprints
– 3D Elephant:
– Milk bottle Elmer elephant:
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– Paper Plate Elephant:

Collage and Painting.
– Use hands, fingers, feet, toes, nose to paint patterns with various colours.
– Frame your art!
Illustrator, Emma Quay has so cleverly created a sense of warmth and cosiness in her pictures with the use of real fabrics, textures and patterns.
Materials needed: variety of patterned paper, fabric, string, ribbon, doilies, crayons and craft embellishments.
By drawing an outline of a shape, cutting a stencil in the paper and sticking materials behind the cut outs, create a picture for your little one’s bedroom. Frame it!  
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– Sculpt various objects or create patterns with playdough using a range of tools (cutters, roller, bottle tops, fork, spoon, other kitchen utensils, etc), and natural materials like sticks, leaves, pebbles, flowers, etc.  

– Number: Counting fingers and toes.
– Space / Location: Play ‘Where is your toy?’ by placing it in different positions around your body.
Say, ‘The bear is on top of my head.’ ‘The bear is under my arm.’ ‘The bear is between my feet.’
Prepositional language includes: on top of, under, above, below, between, next to, besides, behind, in front of.
– Measurement: Play ‘How Long is My Nose?’ by placing different sized socks on your nose (like an elephant trunk).
Also could use them as ears or tail. Compare all the different sized socks by placing them next to each other.
Ask, ‘Which sock is the longest?’ ‘Which sock is the shortest?’ ‘Which one is longer; the green sock or the blue sock?’ ‘Put them in order from shortest to longest.’  

Baby Bedtime
Available for purchase from Fishpond ($24.99 free shipping)

Baby Bedtime
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($19.99 + $6.95 shipping per order)

Photography and lessons by Romi Sharp.
See links for sourced resources.

Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, copywriter, reviewer, picture book writer and fanatic, acting publicist to the book stars, and constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of Books On Tour PR & Marketing, Just Write For Kids and My Little Story Corner.

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