Kids Sleepover Tips
- The ideal age for kids and slumber parties (according to child development experts) is approximately 8 to 14, but every child is different.
- Use your child's age to determine the maximum number of guests to invite. For example, if he or she is 8, invite no more than 8 children. An even number is best to keep someone from feeling left out.
- Post a list of house rules where children can see them. Let children know that anyone who doesn't follow the rules will be sent home. (No one wants to go home--they will obey them...LOL)
- Set up an outdoor campsite inside with tents, sleeping bags, twinkle lights around the room, and glow-in-dark stars on the ceiling.
- Kids love to make their own food. For snack time, set up a popcorn station with a selection of toppings like powdered cheese,ground cinnamon, chocolate sprinkles, etc. Or for breakfast have a pancake or waffle station, complete with fruit, chocolate morsels, and syrups...(No spill lids)
- As fun favor, give each guest a new pillowcase. (Dollar Store's are great for low cost) Let each child sign the pillowcases with a permanent marker as a reminder of the over night fun they had with your child. (This is called relationship building!)
- Provide imaginative and educational books for them to read before going to sleep, provide flashlights for them to read by, they think it's fun.
A couple of library suggestions are: Slumber Parties: 25 Fun-filled Party Themes, by Penny Warner, Meadowbrook, 2000.
Slumber Parties: What Do I Do? by Wilhelminia Ripple and Kathryn Totten, Oakbrook Publishing House, 2002.
Have fun and enjoy!
Until next time, Remember enjoy today as if there were no tomorrow!