Make bedtime more fun with the help of Manu’s dreams lighting up the room. This craft, like the book At Night, features the waxing and waning of the moon, so this activity can also be used to introduce children to the lunar phases. Children will be able to admire their creation while being read a bedtime story or as they fall asleep.

Materials:At Night

  • Scissors
  • Glue or Tape
  • Night Light Template
  • Marker (or something to color with)
  • Jar or a Vase for stability (optional)
  • Tissue paper
  • Cotton Balls (optional)
  • Battery operated tea light (or other small battery operated light)

Step 1: Print out template and cut out black parts of the moon shapes.

Optional: Cut out cloud shape Manu is sleeping on.

Step 2: Color.

Step 3: Flip the template over so that you are looking at the blank back of the paper with holes cut out. Dab a small amount of glue around the outside of each cut out hole and place tissue paper over the holes covering them completely. If you wish, outline moon shapes to make them stand out.

Optional: On the front side of the paper apply glue on top of the tissue paper you glued over the cloud cut out. Then pull pieces off a cotton ball and press them into the glue on the front side of the cloud. This will give the cloud an extra fluffy look.

Step 4: Take the template and wrap it around the cylindrical container; then tape or glue it in place.

  • If you do not wish to attach the template to a container you can just adhere the two ends of the template together with glue or tape to create a free standing cylinder.

Step 5: Turn on battery operated tea light and place inside the container or paper cylinder. Set in a dimly lit room and admire your new handmade nightlight.



Note: When selecting a light for your nightlight make sure to select a light that does not get warm to the touch to prevent children from getting burnt or starting a fire. Battery operated LED lights are a great option.