Naptime is an important part of the day for young children. Having an opportunity to rest gives children a chance to relax, and it helps to support healthy growth and development. In ECE classrooms and programs, it is important to have a relaxing routine to transition children from play time to rest time so that they can unwind and get ready for a restful sleep.
In this article, we share some tips for helping little ones prepare to calm their bodies and minds for naptime, including some of our favorite pre-nap stories, available as beautifully illustrated books and as video read-alouds.
Tips for Creating a Peaceful Napping Environment
Little ones can find it difficult to transition from playing to resting, so you’ll want to help them unwind by creating a serene nap space and a relaxing pre-nap routine. Following are tips for setting up a nap environment that helps children wind down and get ready for napping.
- Dim or turn off the lights. A bright room can be very difficult to rest in. Dimming the lights is a helpful way to create a feeling of calm and relaxation for young children.
- Play peaceful music or sounds in the background. While you read the book, play calming instrumental music or ocean sounds at a low volume in the background. These kinds of sounds can help to calm the brain and let it know that it is time to rest.
- Speak in a low volume as you share a relaxing story. While reading the story, speak softly and keep your voice low. This is a way to model to little ones that it is time to become quiet and calm.
Peaceful Naptime Children’s Books
The Napping House