10 Minutes to Bedtime

by Peggy Rathmann

You’re invited to join in the fun of the 10 Minutes till Bedtime. The traveling hamsters show up while the boy and his hamster are getting ready for bed. With all of these distractions will the boy and his hamster make it to bed on time?
Resources for 10 Minutes till Bedtime:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

With the surprise visit from the traveling hamsters, will the boy at 1 Hoppin Place get to bed on time? 

Math Connections: 

    Counting             Time

    Patterns             Counting Down

Activities to Do Together:

  • Write down your child’s nighttime routine. Include the time your child starts, the amount of time each activity takes, and your child’s bedtime. 
  • Find all the places a number is written in the book.

  • Create a number line from 0 to 10. Practice saying and writing the numbers together. Try writing the numbers from 10 to 0 too!

  • Reread the story a few times, see how many new things you spot each time.

  • Encourage your child to pick 5 different activities such as bouncing a ball, writing the numbers 1 to 10, or jumping up and down. Ask your child to estimate how many times they can do each activity in one minute. Set a timer for one minute and find out!

Extension Questions: 

  1. Can you spot the hamsters that are wearing the orange-striped jerseys numbered 1 to 10? See if you can count all ten on each page!

  2. How many times can you find a gorilla in this book?

  3. How many hamsters spend the night?

  4. How many different activities does the boy at 1 Hoppin Place do during his 10 minutes before bedtime? 

  5. Do you think that everything that happened in this book could really happen in ten minutes? Why or why not? 

Vocabulary for Building Math Concept:  

1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, all, eight, five, four, minutes, more, nine, one, seven, six, ten, three, two

California Early Math Project 2020