Night Light, Sleep Tight
Personal, Social and Emotional Development/Self
Your Child Will Learn
The dark does not have to be scary; it can even be fun. Also the need to develop awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, as well as being sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others.
Bing and Bong arrive in the early evening, and set up camp. When darkness comes, Bing slips into a deep slumber, but Bong is wide awake and wants to go to the toilet tent. Being scared of the dark, Bong wakes Bing to walk down the path. Bing shows Bong that the “scary” sounds in the dark are just harmless Flockers. But when this happens a second time, Bing suggests a solution: Bing sets some Glow Locals along the path between the tents. Now, when visiting the loo, Bong is not afraid! Even when the Glow Locals’ lights go out, Bong still has fun, turning their lights on and off. Soon Bong curls up outside near the Glow Locals to fall asleep, where Bing joins Bong under the stars.
- Night time
- Watch the Tiny Planets episode "Night Light, Sleep Tight"
- Talk about what Bing and Bong did in the story by asking questions like:
- Why are people afraid of the dark?
- How do things look different at night time?
- What are some light sources that they use everyday?
- What animals come out at night to play?
- Gather your materials for the "Glow In the Dark" activity
- Making shadows
- Creating nocturnal animals
- Look at how the town or city lights up at night
- Discuss what lights are in the night sky (space)
- Paint/chalk pictures of space
- Take a minute to play "Afraid of the Dark" with Bing and Bong
- Take a minute to play "Into the Shadows!"
Glow in the Dark
- Black construction paper
- Glow in the dark paint
- Large pieces of black material
- Black paper can also be used
- Flashlights, fairy lights, glow sticks
- Discuss the dark and explain to the child that you are going to darken the room
- Black out the windows with the child's help
- Sit the children down and talk to them in the dark, reassure them that is not scary and make it fun
- Talk about light sources and show them different ones
- e.g., fairy lights, candles, etc.
- Let them paint pictures onto black paper with the glow-in-the dark paint
- Create a dark area to hang up their glow in the dark pictures
- You can use a space theme
- Supply flashlights, glow sticks, etc. for the child to use
- Hang up fairy lights, etc.
HEALTH & SAFETY
- Ensure that the child are safe and sitting down when you turn off the lights and do not get up and move around
- Reassure any children that really are frightened of the dark and ensure they are supervised or have the opportunity not to participate
- Do not let the children use the candles
- Ensure adult supervision