Kid Caves: A Fun Early Riser Solution

It’s like they can hear us open our eyes.

If your kids are anything like mine, they have a crazy ability to know when mom is awake.

Normally, my husband handles the early risers while I have my quiet time and then I take over while he has his and starts work. But he was on a business trip for a few weeks recently and I needed to find a different solution.

My Mom Cave Has A Kid Cave

In this post, I explain how I transformed my closet into a “mom cave” where I have a little desk and cozy space for Bible Study, prayer and planning.

Since my children often like to join me in my “mom cave” I decided to give them their own little “kid caves” in the corners of my space. They *love* them!

(I just want to note that this is a standard walk in closet. You don’t need a huge space to do this. I can touch all four walls as I sit in my chair. My clothes are on the left side, out of view. True, it’s like playing Tetris trying to get everyone in there, but we fit comfortably and we love it!)

How To Make A Kid Cave

1. Cozy seating
I had a couple extra couch cushions so I placed them in each corner of my closet. Both are under shelves, so it’s a really cozy space.

2. Bag of books
I filled a bag with children’s Bibles and other reading materials so that they can sit down and have their quiet time just like mommy.

3. Lighting
The thing that made it extra special and fun for them is that I bought each of them (only two of my children tend to wake up early) a stick on light and placed it on the underside of the shelf above them. So they come in, sit down, turn on their own special light and grab a book.

4. Older siblings and audio Bibles
My youngest isn’t a reader yet, so either I read the Bible with him, one of his sisters read it or he listens to an audio Bible using my iPhone and the app You Version. You Version has free print and audio Bibles in many different versions.

Our Favorites

If you’re interested in creating a “kid cave” for your children, here are some of our favorite books and such.

Stick on lgihts – I used a different brand, but these are only $5 and have good reviews. (Wish I’d seen these earlier!)

Jesus Storybook Bible – This is my absolute favorite children’s story Bible. My son loves looking at the pictures and all my children enjoy reading it. The best thing about this particular version of it is that it comes with a 3 CD audio version. My 5 year old will listen to the audio while looking at the pictures. We also enjoy listening to the CD’s in the car.

The Picture Bible – this is another great Bible story book for all ages. It’s in comic format, so there are tons of pictures to look at, yet there are also all the main stories of the Bible.

Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids – this is a great, simple devotional for older childen (readers).

Your Kid Cave Ideas

Would your kids enjoy a “kid cave”?

How do you handle early risers? How can we make morning Bible Study time with early risers even more special and fun? I *know* how creative you all are! What are some of your ideas? Click here to join the discussion!

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Comments

  1. This is a great idea! My kids definitely know when I wake up, always. My husband also takes the kids in the morning, but sometimes I do feel bad – I wake up awfully early :-) I think I might try this though, it would be something fun for my 4 year old!

  2. I just love this idea. Where were you 5 years ago when my son was younger?! LOL So many moms (and kids!) will be blessed by this idea!

  3. I have older kids and think they would love a space like this in their rooms. What a great way to make their quiet time both important and a welcome place that’s tucked away and special. Even though my kids are older, they still hear my eyes open in the morning too! What happened to teens and tweens that you have to drag out of bed? :)

  4. maddalena70 says:

    My two little girls are just like yours. . . I rrally do not understamd how they can “feel” that I am awake. . . during the week and during the week ends. .

    I do not have a wzlking- in closet. . . I usually use the kitchen table. . .

    Kat. . . sorry I know that I abuse this post but I would like to ask you a suggestion. . . . .
    It has been a long time since i read theBible the last time. . . I would like to start all over again and read it very deeply. .
    Have you any suggestion? From where to start? have you a preferred one?

    Thank so much

    cheers Maddalena

  5. I love this!! I need to do this. I will put this on my goals list for next week. ;)

  6. Perfect! This is going in my, “Must Do Now” file. My 2 year old is an early riser and LOVES books. We could totally make this happen. I think I might add a piece of fabric to act as a little tent (he loves tents right now) to make it even more special. Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. maddalena70 says:

    Thank you very much Joyce. . . . you are very helpul!

  8. maddalena70 says:

    Joyce. . . thank you for the advice. . . that website and post were fantastic. . .
    I think I will try the “New Linving Translation” One year Bible. . . because it seems clear and a good start for a beginner. . . or quite so. . .
    What do you think of it? do you know it by chance?

    cheers Maddalena

  9. maddalena70 says:

    Yes I read it yesterday. . . and I tought that the NLT, that is a tought to tought translation and not word to word, was a good compromise.
    Surfing the web I saw the one year version. . . with a piece of the Bible. . a Psalm and a proverb for every day of the year in order to finish the reading at the and of the year. . .
    I do not know. . . but I thougt it could have been a good starter. .
    If you have suggestions?
    Cheers
    Maddalena

  10. maddalena70 says:

    Yes I read it yesterday. . . and I tought that the NLT, that is a tought to tought translation and not word to word, was a good compromise.
    Surfing the web I saw the one year version. . . with a piece of the Bible. . a Psalm and a proverb for every day of the year in order to finish the reading at the and of the year. . .
    I do not know. . . but I thougt it could have been a good starter. .

  11. maddalena70 says:

    or maybe the not normal version. . . not a day by day one. . . will be more fluent and simple to read. . .

  12. My daughter started this on her own – she brings her pillow and blanket from her bed into our room and lays on the floor beside our bed and reads books. In the winter when she didn’t have enough light beside our bed, she set up her “nest” in our bathroom and would close the door and turn on the light.

  13. This is a great idea, but do you have any suggestions for toddlers? My 19-mo. year old is an early-riser, and an active one, at that!

    • Rachel,
      When my children were really small like that, I often gave them gogurts (they actually still enjoy them each morning to this day). I’d freeze the gogurt so that it took awhile to eat and I’d use that time to finish up my Bible Study. Sometimes, I also just did my quiet time with them. It’s amazing how much wisdom we can even glean from a children’s devotional. There are also great little kids worship videos or Bible shows that I’ve had my kids watch in the mornings.

      I hope one of these ideas helps or inspires a solution that will work for you too!

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