It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, especially when your kids go to bed and get up without a fuss! Bed time tantrums and early morning arguments over routines can quickly change that beautiful day to cloudy with a chance of showers. Or at least it seems that way to parents who deal with it.
Establishing morning and evening routines help children know what to expect which makes these transitions a whole lot easier!
“Children feel far more comfortable and secure when things happen predictably- with routines, rituals and traditions. These traditions big or small, create anchors of stability, especially in rough seas.”
PBS Kids all new Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night app is here to help! The app includes eight games about morning and nighttime routines, along with Good Morning and Good Night strategy songs to reinforce those routines. Kids help wake Daniel up in the morning and are greeted with a fun song about morning routines. They can choose which task Daniel will start with and help him complete each part of his routine.
Good Morning Games
–Get Dressed: Help Daniel get dressed in his red sweater. Then, imagine with Daniel that his sweater is a “Super Daniel” costume.
–Breakfast: Help set the table as Daniel gets ready for breakfast. Have fun topping a pancake and then imagining that the pancake can dance!
–Brush Teeth: Help Daniel brush his teeth by moving your finger back and forth.
–Shoe Time: Choose a pair of shoes for Daniel to wear and help him tie them. Then, imagine that his shoes can make him jump super high.
Good Night Games
–Bath Time: Help Daniel wash up before bedtime and pop silly soap bubbles together.
–Brush Teeth: It’s time to brush Daniel’s teeth again!
–Pajama Time: Choose pajamas for Daniel and create a pair of make-believe pajamas for him.
-Bedtime Story: In this imagination sequence, move Daniel through the clouds as his mom reads a story and sings a calming bedtime song.
I have been recommending the app to many of the preschool parents as a way to help their children adjust to their new school schedules. It also serves as a reminder to mom and dad to that by creating routines it will be easier on everyone! The app is geared for kids ages 2-4 and is available for download on iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone for $2.99.
* That’s IT Mommy are PBS KIDS VIPS. Erika received the app free of charge. The review is in our own words and is our opinion.