Read this gorgeous new going-to-bed-book and make tiny animal beds of your very own!
The Big Book of Slumber, written by Giovanna Zoboli; illustrated by Simona Mulazzani (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
This just might be the loveliest going-to-bed book ever! It’s nighttime, and all the animals—monkeys, hippos, camels, puppies, and more—are snuggled deep into their beds under colorful quilts. The well-crafted rhyming text, with its cozy, rocking rhythm, describes each animal’s sleeping habits.
The author’s rich word choices (“In sleeping bags garnished with leaves and boughs, five giraffes dream of the foliage they browse”) and the even richer colors and patterns in the captivating illustrations combine to make this a book that will grow with kids through the years.
Here’s an inside spread so you can see the wonderfulness:
Matchbox Stone Pets
Easy, inexpensive, and cute as all get-out, these little matchbox beds hide tiny, irresistible stone animals. All you need are matchboxes, felt or fabric scraps, glue, stones, and wiggly eyes. Instructions are provided by the lovely Maggy at Red Ted Art.
The beds could also hold little plastic animals or dolls that you have around the house or classroom. Use the tiny matchboxes for tiny critters, or the large-size matchboxes for slightly bigger toys.