The Napping House, by Audrey Wood

            Naps are very important to help us grow.  This fun story is about a house that is napping, until a wakeful flea arrives, then everything goes crazy.


  • Copy of characters. Make into flannel pieces by covering with contact paper and taping to the board. Pictures come from; Projecto A casa sonolenta em LIBRAS


  • Colored construction paper cut into one-inch lengths.
  • Construction paper that has been made into a weaving frame (see resources).

Before reading the story

            Hold up the cover of the book and say the title.  Ask the children why they think naps are important (we grow while we sleep, when we are tired we do not think as well, naps help us from getting crabby).  Talk about how the children sleep (Kerry always falls asleep first, Roger likes to read a book before he takes a nap, and Ryan you are usually the last to fall asleep).  Turn off the light if you have window light to darken the room slightly.

Social & Emotional Development/Self-Concept; begins to develop and express awareness of self in terms of specific abilities, characteristics, and preferences.

Reading the Story

            As you read the pages where everyone is sleeping, use a soothing voice and yawn as you turn the pages.  Point to each critter as they climb onto the bed.  When you get to the page where the flea bites the mouse, change your voice to one of surprise and a quicker pace.

After reading the story

            Ask the children if they noticed the flea in the first half of the story.  Go back through the pages and look for the flea.  Use the copy of the characters to put onto the bed in the correct order (Who was the first one on the bed?  Who was second, third, fourth, etc).

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress and abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.


            If you have nesting toys these would be good to put into the center.  I use the Russian nesting dolls and talk about smallest, bigger, bigger, and largest.

Mathematics/Patterns & Measurement; shows increasing abilities to match, sort, put in a series, and regroup objects according to one or two attributes such as color, shape, or size.

Music and Movement

            Put lullabies on during the day as background music.


            Encourage the children to make a bed and load it up with animals.  How many animals can you get on the bed?  Can you put the cow on top of the tiger?

Mathematics/Number & Operations; demonstrates increasing interest and awareness of numbers and counting as a means for solving problems and determining quantity.


Make woven blankets. Fold a piece of construction paper in half the long length, one per child. Cut from the fold to approximately one inch from the outside edge. Open up, this is your weaving frame. Cut many one inch lengths of colored construction paper. Show the children how to take a length of colored paper and go under, over, under, over the weaving frame stripes. Take the next piece of colored paper and go over, under, over, under. Continue filling in the weaving frame.

Mathematics/Pattern & Measurement; enhances abilities to recognize, duplicate, and extend simple patterns using a variety of materials. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Sand and Water

            Put out water and colanders or plastic containers with holes punched into the bottom to simulate rain.  Note that in the story it was raining outside the window. As they play, talk to them about rain. Talk about how it is important to be safe and come out of the rain if you hear thunder or see lightning.

Physical Health & Development/Health Status & Practices; builds awareness and ability to follow basic health and safety rules such as fire safety, traffic and pedestrian safety, and responding appropriately to potentially harmful objects, substances, and activities.

Library and Writing

            Give the children a piece of white paper and, tell them that you are going to tell them how to make a Mexican blanket.  Have them turn the paper the tall way (vertically).  On the top of the paper use a pencil and make an L on the left and an R on the right.  Model with your own piece of paper.  Tell, and show, the children to draw a blue dotted line from the left side to the right.  Next, tell and show them to draw a curly yellow line from the left side to the right.  Continue this using a variety of colors and different kinds of lines until they have filled their paper.  Use words that describe lines as you model ( dotted line, curly line, zig-zag line, straight line, thick line, wavy line). 

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; uses an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary. AND Language Development/Listening & Understanding; show progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions, AND Literacy/Early Writing; experiments with a growing variety of writing tools and materials, such as pencils, crayons, and computers.

Dramatic Play

            Use boxes and blankets to make beds.  Add stuffed animals. Encourage the children to act out the story.

Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation; demonstrates progress and abilities to retell and dictate stories from books and experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.

Outdoor Play

            Tell the children that you are going to play a game of night and day.  Have the children sit in a circle.  Stand in the middle of the circle, holding your arms out and your hands up with your fingers spread.  Tell the children that your hands are the sun and when the sun is shining on them they are awake.  If your hands are not shining on them they are to pretend that they are asleep.  Slowly start turning in the circle and help them get the rhythm of the game.  As they are able to wake and sleep while you turn, speed up and slow down and see if they can keep up with your rhythm.

Approaches to Learning/Initiative & Curiosity; chooses to participate in an increasing variety of tasks and activities.


Put a piece of tape on the backs of each of the napping house figures. Ask a child to put the dog over the cat or the grandmother under the mouse. Each child can have a turn moving pieces as they go to the next activity.

Mathematics/Geometry & Spatial Sense; builds an increasing understanding of directionality, order, and positions of objects, and words such as up, down, over, under, top, bottom, inside, outside, in front, behind.


About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.