Everything you need to know about bedtime stories

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Everything you need to know about bedtime stories

Everything you need to know

about bedtime stories.

Top 5 classic bedtime stories for childrenTop 5 classic bedtime stories for children

Top 5 classic bedtime stories for children

It's that time of year again where the weather is cooling down and the evenings are drawing in. What better way to spend a cozy night than by telling a bedtime story?  

There are a lot of great bedtime stories out there for kids! Here are just a few of our favorites: 

1. Goodnight Moon – This classic tale by Margaret Wise Brown is a soothing story that’s perfect for bedtime. 

2. The Velveteen Rabbit – Another classic, although this is not as well known, this story by Margery Williams is about a stuffed rabbit who becomes real through the power of love. 

3. The Lion and the Mouse – This fable by Aesop is a great story to teach kids about compassion and helping others. 

4. The Cat in the Hat – Dr. Seuss’s beloved book is perfect for kids who like a little bit of mischief before bedtime! 

5. Where The Wild Things Are – Max’s wild adventures in this book by Maurice Sendak are sure to inspire some sweet dreams.

You may have already told all of the classics and want something original. How about making up your story?

One way to come up with bedtime stories is to think of classic stories that have been told for years, these stories can be modified to be more interesting for children. 

Another way to come up with bedtime stories is to make up your own stories that are completely original. This can be done by thinking of interesting characters and settings, taking inspiration from real friends, family and places can help a lot when coming up with these stories. Once you have come up with a story, it is important to tell it in an interesting and engaging way to keep your child entertained.

Here are eight bedtime story ideas to get you startedHere are eight bedtime story ideas to get you started

If you're stuck for ideas, never fear! Here are eight bedtime story ideas to get you started. 

1. The tale of a lost toy - this one is sure to tug at the heartstrings! Follow the adventures of a much-loved teddy bear or doll on their way home after getting lost.

2. A magical adventure. Take your little ones on an unforgettable journey with wizards, dragons, and fairies. 

3. A bedtime story with a twist. Add a spooky element to your story with some ghostly goings-on or a creepy character. Just be careful not to scare your little one too much.

4. A bedtime story with a moral. Teach your children a valuable lessons through a story is a great way to get a good point across.

5. A fable from another culture. Share a traditional story from another country with your kids and introduce them to new and different cultures. 

6. A bedtime story about nature. Help your kids to appreciate the natural world with a story about animals or the changing seasons. 

7. A bedtime story with a funny twist. Add a touch of humor to your story with some silly characters or funny situations. 

8. A bedtime story about friendship. Touch on the theme of friendship with a story about two (or more) friends who stand by each other through thick and thin. 

Spooky child friendly horror storiesSpooky child friendly horror stories

Spooky child friendly horror stories

With halloween right around the corner your child might be in the mood for something a little more scary. There are many different horror stories for children. One popular story is "The Three Little Pigs." In this story, three pigs are chased by a big, bad wolf. The wolf tries to blow down their houses, but the pigs are able to outsmart him. Another popular horror story for children is "Hansel and Gretel." In this story, two children are lured into a gingerbread house by a wicked witch. The witch plans to eat them, but they are able to escape. These are just a few of the many horror stories that children enjoy.

If you would rather add your own spin on a horror story for your child here are some tips to creating a great one:

Make sure the story is age appropriate. If it is too graphic or disturbing, it will only scare and upset the child. 
Focus on creating suspense and atmosphere rather than overtly terrifying scenes. 
Use scary characters and settings to enhance the story.
Have a twist ending that is both surprising and satisfying.

Do you have a favorite bedtime story? Share it in the comments below!

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