You will need
- Pens or pencils
- Coloured pens or pencils
- A4 paper
- Access to a computer
Read all about it
- The person leading the activity should make sure that there’s enough paper and pens or pencils for each person in the group.
- The person leading the activity could go to the NHS website and look at the advice on helping young people get enough sleep. If possible, print off this sheet to help with the activity, or if the computer is in your meeting place, you could leave the page open for when you need it.
Put pen to paper
- The person leading the activity should hand out the paper and pens or pencils to the group. Tell them that they’ll be writing short stories for young people about bedtime routines. Each person should sit and come up with an idea for a story and plan it out on paper. Give everyone five or 10 minutes.
- While everyone is planning their stories, the person leading the activity should go around the group. Explain to everyone that their story must be no more than five minutes long (so no longer than five-hundred words) and must be suitable for young people aged 6-8. Make sure that everyone’s story has a beginning, middle and end, and that it refers to bedtime routines
- Everyone should start on their stories. Give everyone 20 minutes writing (or drawing) time. Let them know when there are five minutes left, so that everyone can finish.
- When everyone has finished their story, see if there are any volunteers who would like to read theirs out. Everyone should feedback what they think and whether they think the moral of the story would help teach a young person how to get ready for bed better.
The group have written stories for young people about bedtime routines. Why is it useful to put this information about bedtime into stories for young people? Did you focus on creating an interesting character with a healthy bedtime routine who a young person might decide to copy? How did you show the importance of getting a good night’s sleep to a younger audience?
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.