Children need quiet time every day to keep stress at bay, for you and the kids, and to focus their minds. If you child is old enough to skip nap time, a quiet box may be just the thing for peace and brain development. Angela, of TeachingMamma, says,
Since I believe rest time for little ones is so important, I still make him lay in his bed for about an hour. If he falls asleep, that is great! It means he really needed a nap! If not, then I let him play independently with his quiet time box of the day.
Angela created a different box for each weekday and says that you can use items you already have or hit up the Dollar Store.
Quiet Time boxes can be created by skill, as well. Think shapes, alphabet, puzzles, fine motor, numbers, and more! What skill does your child need to work on the most? Create a quiet box around learning that skill. Sensory boxes can be great educational tools and quiet box ideas too! You can find box ideas for many skills via Teaching Momma at this post: 75 Quiet Box Ideas for Preschoolers
If you are having trouble getting quiet time started, because your little one is not ready to settle down, you could try beginning with a story or fingerplay. Then you can present the box and let your child explore it on his or her own.
Storytime Standouts has a ton of free printables for rhymes, poems, and fingerplays that you can use.
If your little one is over naps and could use some quiet time self-engagement, here are a few more ideas to try via Hands On As We Grow…
- Weaving! Miss Allison Art sets up stations for weaving. I think for quiet time, on his own, I’d have to simplify this a little bit more even, the CD weaving I think looks too tough to do on his own, but the simple cardboard weaving would work I think!
- Create a journal for Henry to jot down notes (he can try his best) or draw pictures of what’s going on each day. Buggy and Buddy uses it as a Poetry Journal to work on rhyming and rhythm.
- Matching up popsicle stick shapes from Education.com. I think I’d include some blank popsicle sticks too with markers for him to come up with his own matching halves. That could get interesting.
- For the Love of Learning has a shape matching activity with the shapes in different colors. I think I would set it up as a shape matching activity, but I’d expect Henry to go on and make patterns with shapes and colors as well. It could really keep him busy.
What quiet time activity does your preschooler adore? Share it in the comments…