The children are very excited about the sleepover and have waited very patiently to start the planning process. Today we started the planning process, and there was a surprise! The children are very excited to be sleeping in the ICJC building (next to the gym). We used this last year and being in our own “house” was very exciting to the children.
Your child will need to pack
- 1 teddy bear or night-time toy
- I book (optional)
- sleeping bag
- small pillow
- hair brush or comb
- face cloth
- wash bag to put wash things in
- full set of extra clothes
- Clean underwear
The children are excited about managing their own belongings and routines, “just like grown-ups!”. It will be easier for the children to look after their belongings if they are clearly labeled. The children should practice packing and unpacking their bags by themselves, several times, so that they know exactly what they have in their bags, where to find everything and how to fit it all in. (Sleeping bags can be particularly tricky.) This will help the children feel a sense of control and independence and will ease anxiety. We talked about how everything has to fit in one overnight bag and the importance of “packing light”. While we have discouraged the children from bringing big suitcases (for space and storage reasons), it is important that the bag is big enough for children to fit ALL their belongings inside easily.
We proposed that the sleepover be ‘unplugged’, with no electronic devices, after much debate the children have agreed. As someone said, “Anyway how would I connect to the wifi?”
The children made their first lists in pairs. We came back together and one group read their list. The other groups ticked off if they had the same item. This was a great tool for working together.