Relaxing Children Before Bed: Quiet Time Activities

Written by Joselyne John, RN

Helping your kids wind down for bed in the evening is a great way to make bedtime less of a fight. Quiet and relaxing activities can settle children down so that they want to go to bed. This approach can also help kids get a better night’s sleep, which is important for memory, focus, getting higher grades, lowering stress, and decreasing anxiety and depression. Sleep deprivation in children can cause hyperactivity and behavior problems and has even been linked to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Quiet Time Before Bed fact

Getting into a regular routine and having your children start relaxing before it’s time to go to bed can help them fall asleep faster. Here are some quiet but fun bedtime routine activities for kids of all ages.

Quiet Activities Perfect for Toddlers

Quiet Activities Perfect for Preschoolers and Kindergartners

Quiet Activities Perfect for School-Age Kids

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