- 1 teddy bear or night-time toy
- sleeping bag and pillow
- hair brush or comb
- face cloth
- wash bag to put wash things in
- sleeping bag/ blanket
- full set of extra clothes (some children have a full set of extra clothes in school and do not need to bring more)
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. This weekend 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.
I proposed that the sleepover be ‘unplugged’, with no electronic devices, after much debate the children have agreed.
Writing a list of things to pack for the sleepover