At the recent craft show I worked, I watched 4, 5, and 6 year-old boys run around the room like the Tasmanian Devil. I asked their parents if this is what their bedtime routine was like. To a parent they all nodded their heads, yes, and rolled their eyes.
Then I showed those parents a little magic. I asked each of those little boys if they liked putting puzzles together and all of them nodded their heads yes. I took out Barefoot Books Portside Pirates and before their parents knew what was happening, each little boy stopped their whirling dervish activities and sat down and completed the puzzle.
Working on a puzzle in the evening helps children’s minds gather all their scattered thoughts into one focus of finding which piece fits where. Set a timer for 10 minutes so you and your kids don’t lose track of the bedtime hour and help both of you calm yourself as you transition to the land of dinosaur dreams and moon walks.