At three and six my younger boys still struggle with bedtime. Whether it is the drawn out process of actually getting into – and staying in – bed, or frequently waking up throughout the night and attempting to take over my own bed, I’m always looking for ways to make bedtime more comforting for them. A few months ago we had a chance to check out Safari’s new line of dragon figures and made our very own Play Cave for the Safari Ltd. Grumpy Dragon. My eight year old was quick to adopt the Grumpy Dragon as his dragon bedtime pal, giving him and his cave a spot above his bed. We named him and even made an adoption certificate for our new friend. So when my six year old started having trouble staying in bed at night I figured we would try the same approach.
We adopted a bedtime pal, otherwise known as the Safari Ltd. Happy Dragon. This was the perfect dragon for the job, with his colorful scales, playful eyes and smiling grin. We set him up in a comfy spot on my son’s headboard and declared him Happy Dragon, Bedtime Pal and Protector of the Room. Of course, my son wanted to know how a dragon came to be such a good bedtime friend, so the Bedtime Pal story was born.
The story tells the tale of a little knight or princess who is lost at night, scared of the dark and the unfamiliar sounds of the forest. Until a friendly dragon comes along to keep them safe and returns them to their home in the morning. The happy parents ask the dragon how they can repay it for watching over their child and the dragon strikes a deal – warm, comfy homes for all the other dragons in exchange for watching over children at night.
This week, I’m sharing two free printables for the #HowISafari campaign that I’m so excited to be a part of! You can grab the Dragon Pal story printable and the Dragon Pal Adoption Certificate below!
Of course, the first step is to find a dragon. Safari has a huge selection so finding one that fits your child’s personality should be easy! My eight year old loves his Grumpy Dragon and thinks his scowl is what keeps bad dreams at bay. My six year old is partial to the colorful Happy Dragon, however, and my three year old is a fan of the Baby Love Dragon.
If you’re having a hard time deciding just take Safari’s Quiz: Which Safari Ltd. Dragon are you?
Once you have your dragon you can print out the Very First Bedtime Pal story below to read before you officially adopt your new friend. Print the adoption certificate too and let your child fill it out on the dragon’s first night at home! We love to make a special place for our bedtime pals – a tiny doll pillow or an old t-shirt made into a nest – or you can go all out and create your own dragon cave. If the boys wake up in the middle of the night I suggest that we go check on their bedtime pal together, and once we confirm that it’s still there keeping watch the boys are quick to doze back off to sleep.
Grab the printables below, and head down to the comments to let me know what Safari Dragon is your favorite!