Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Pyjamarama Day Activities

To celebrate the bedtime story and reading together, families can take part in this year's Pyjamarama at home on Friday 1st May.
There'll be loads of activities for children to take part in – the only requirement is that they're done in pyjamas! Find out more about Pyjamarama Day

We would love to see how you take part, maybe using some of our suggested activities below, so please tag us and use the hashtag #PyjamaramaSheffield if you'd like us to share your photos on the day! 

Activities for Kids in Pyjamas

Craft Activity…. Lavender Play Dough
Lavender is a soothing aromatherapy and children can find the act of squashing and squishing the play dough quite calming.

Recipe for Lavender Play Dough

1 Cup (150g) of Flour

½ Cup of salt

2 Tablespoon of cream of tartar

Petals of lavender (if available)

1 Tablespoon of oil

½ Teaspoon of lavender oil

¾ cup (180 ml) of warm water

½ Teaspoon Purple food colouring (or blue and red)


Mix the dry ingredients including lavender petals if available

Add the oil and warm water little at a time to the right consistency (you might not need all the water)

Add the food colouring a little at a time

Knead gently.

Craft Activity - Teddy

Star Gazing

Star gazing is free and provides a constantly changing show that stimulates conversation and is a great bonding activity. It triggers a child’s imagination and alleviates stress and anxiety before bedtime and picking out a child’s lucky star is fun!

Star Walk Kids is a fun App

Bedtime comforts

Cuddles are always a comfort, chose a favourite cuddly toy, pillow or piece of fabric to snuggle into bed with.

Children who are cuddled more become happier adults ….it’s true….science says so.

According to Notre Dame psychologist Darcia Narvaez children who have positive experiences with regard to affectionate touch, free play and family togetherness grow up to be less anxious adults. This starts with those first baby snuggles.

Bedtime Story

There’s nothing better than a bedtime story to help your little one settle at bedtime.

Bedtime Stories

· Provide good bonding time

· Improves children’s reading skills

· Sparks imagination

· Creates conversation

· Expands a child’s vocabulary

· Improves emotional intelligence

· Helps a child relax

Recommended Reads
Goodnight Spaceman by Michelle Robinson

Max at Night by Ed Vere

Babies Can Sleep Anywhere by Lisa Wheeler

A Recipe for Bedtime by Peter Bently

A Quiet Chat

A few quiet moments before sleep to discuss your day and the day ahead can help release anxiety and help a child relax and look forward to the day ahead. Also gives a child the chance to discuss their day.


Hearing a soft rhythmic song brings with it a sense of calmness and security to a child. Lillabies are scientifically proven to lull babies to sleep, stimulate language and cognitive development as well as strengthening the bond between parent and child. This bond can be communicated without words if you child is a small baby who doesn’t understand words and language, a lullaby is calming and soothing and reduces stress levels in the parent as well as the child.

Well Known Lullabies:

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Hush Little Baby


You are my Sunshine

Somewhere over the rainbow

Rock-a-bye baby

Have fun, and don't forget to share #PyjamaramaSheffield

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