What is more comfortable and relaxing than our favorite pajamas? Kids love to incorporate themes into their learning and fun, so why not introduce a soft and cozy bedtime theme with props, concepts, and art into this week’s activities? Whether playing at home or in the classroom, a day in pajamas is bound to inspire lots of fun activities, exciting games, and colorful crafts. Here are 22 amazing pajama day party ideas to make this week a special treat!
1. DIY Sleep Eye Masks
Now here is a fun craft that’s perfect for your class pajama party! There are tons of different designs for animals, popular children’s characters, and more! Find a mask template that your kids adore and let them their own with colored fabric, thread, scissors, and straps for wearing!
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2. Pajama Storytime
The pajamas are on, the lights are dimmed, and now all we need to do is pick out some kid-favorite picture books for circle time! There are so many sweet and soothing bedtime books to get your learners from pajama party mode to nap time with the turn of a page.
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3. Names and Pajama Matching Game
This matching game is perfect for a preschool classroom to practice basic reading, writing, and colors. You’ll print out images of different pajama sets and write each child’s name below the image. Then, place them on the floor and have your kids find their picture and name, match it to another identical image, and write out their name.
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4. Hibernation Day
This creative idea for pajama day will turn your classroom into a maze of tents, sleeping bags, and places to rest and get cozy! Ask your students to bring in items with a bedtime theme, such as pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals. Then, watch a film or read a beloved picture book about hibernation. Bears Snores On, Animals that Hibernate, and Time to Sleep, are great choices!
5. Parachute Pajama Party Games
There are so many classic games to play with these giant, colorful parachutes! Get some of your students to lie down underneath and the rest will hold the edges and wave it around; creating an exciting experience for all. You can also place teddy bears or other soft toys in the center of the parachute and watch them bounce around!
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6. Bedtime Relay Race
Looking to make bedtime rituals into an exciting game at home? Make getting ready for sleep into a competitive relay race with a timer, prizes, and lots of laughs. Have a list of actions that each team/individual must complete and see who can do them the fastest! Some ideas are brushing your teeth, putting pajamas on, cleaning up toys, and turning off the lights.
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7. Musical Pillows
Grab all the pillows you can find, and get those footie pajamas on for a round or two or musical pillows! Similar to musical chairs, kids listen to music and walk around the pillow circle until the music stops and they must sit down on one of the pillows. Whoever doesn’t have a pillow has to sit out.
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8. Homemade S’mores Popcorn Balls
Before climbing under the blankets to watch a movie, help your kiddos make a delicious pajama-time snack. These sweet and salty treats are made of marshmallows, popcorn, cereal, and M&M’s. Your little helpers will love mixing together the ingredients and molding them into bite-size nibbles!
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9. DIY Glow in the Dark Stars
Another fun pajama day activity to get your kids in sleepy spirits! This craft improves motor skills and creativity with “glowing” results. You can use cereal or other cardboard boxes to cut out the moon and star shapes. Then, paint the pieces with white paint, followed by glow-in-the-dark spray paint, and tape them on the ceiling!
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10. Paint Your Pillow Party
Let creativity lead the way with these easy-to-make pillows! You’ll need canvas fabric for the case, cotton or other stuffing for the inside, fabric paint, and glue to seal it all together! Kids can paint their cases however they choose and then stuff and seal them to take home.
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11. Handmade Pajama Sugar Cookies
Find your favorite sugar cookie recipe and get mixing to make these adorably sweet pajama cookies. Help your kids make the dough and use cookie cutters to mold the clothing pieces. Once they’re out of the oven, make icing for your bakers to paint their cookie sets in their favorite pajama colors.
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12. Sleepover Scavenger Hunt
Kids love searching for buried treasures, no matter if it’s at home, in school, or on a desert island! There are tons of printable templates with fun pajama day clues using everyday items and tasks we do before we go to sleep! Get creative and pass out your own to some excited pajama-wearing adventurers!
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13. Pajama Dance Party
No matter the age, we all love to dance; especially in our comfiest clothes with our friends and classmates. There are many fun videos and songs to play and dance along with to fill our days at school with movement, laughter, and learning.
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14. Lacing Red Pajamas Craft
Time for some fine motor skills practice! This fun pajama craft is inspired by one of our favorite bedtime stories, Llama Llama Red Pajama! This craft uses red foam sheets, or if your kids like other colors, any color will do. Trace and cut a template and help your kids cut their pajama sets. Then, use suede lace or another string to thread the sets together!
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15. Letter and Clothes Matching
This one will fit right into your preschool learning themes of the alphabet, names of clothes, how to put together an outfit, and so on. Make the cards by printing capital and lowercase letters on matching pairs of paper and cutting shirt and pants outlines for identification practice.
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16. Breakfast Cereal Accessories
One of the best feelings as a kid is waking up after a sleepover and eating breakfast in your pjs with your friends. Cereal is such a yummy and simple resource that we can use to inspire creativity! Place a bowl of fruit loops and some string on the table and show your kids how to make edible necklaces!
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17. Sleeping and Speech Practice
Have a room full of pajama-wearing preschoolers you want to quieten down? This rhyming game is the perfect activity to engage your students while keeping the sleepy theme and learning! Students lay down and pretend to sleep. They can only “wake up” when the teacher says two words that rhyme.
18. Teddy Bear Math Chant
Singing simple songs is a great way to reinforce new concepts you want your students to remember. This chant has callbacks and repetition to help with memorization and further progress in learning addition. Ask your kids to bring their own teddy bear to class and learn the chant together during pajama day.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll start with 0, then we’ll do it again.
0 + 10 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 1, then we’ll do it again.
1 + 9 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 2, then we’ll do it again.
2 + 8 = 10
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 3, then we’ll do it again.
3 + 7 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 4, then we’ll do it again.
4 + 6 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 5, then we’ll do it again.
5 + 5 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 6, then we’ll do it again.
6 + 4 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 7, then we’ll do it again.
7 + 3 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 8, then we’ll do it again.
8 + 2 = 10.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Let’s add to 10. We’ll move to 9, then we’ll be done.
9 + 1 = 10.
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19. Bedtime Classroom Data
Looking to show your little learners the basics of collecting and processing data? This worksheet asks students when they normally go to sleep and shows a range of times for the class to analyze and discuss together!
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20. DIY Luminaries
Getting ready to watch a movie or read a bedtime story at the end of pajama day? These paper cup luminaries are an easy and fun craft to make with your students before you turn the lights low and enjoy a bedtime activity. You’ll need hole punches, tea candles, and paper cups or tubes.
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21. Pancakes and Graphs
Improve your student’s math skills, as well as teach them about circle and bar graphs with a fun, pajama-themed subject (pancakes)! Ask students questions like what they put on their pancakes if they make them in special shapes, and how many they can eat.
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22. Sleepover Bingo
For pajama week, like any other learning topic, there will be vocabulary you want your students to learn and remember. Bingo is a fun way to include your complete pajama party unit in one activity with visual and aural stimuli.
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