There’s something eternal about the question of what children should do during quiet time. So I thought I’d republish this post from last year to share ideas about quiet time activities.
Some children easily find quiet activities to occupy themselves during quiet time. Others need help to find things to do. Here are some ideas to give your children during quiet time.
10 Peaceful Quiet Time Activities
Children can read books during quiet time. Simply leave a book basket next to the quiet time area for the children to browse through. It’s the perfect opportunity to expand on history or science studies.
You can also toss in some art and geography books for children. National Geographic is always fun to look through. Don’t forget to have some entertaining literature or comic books for your child to read.
2. Quiet Play.
Children enjoy playing with Legos, small toy animals, cars, or dolls quietly during quiet time. Your child might have a quiet tea party with their stuffed animals or simply curl up and quietly chat with their favorite toy.
3. Bed Making.
My 4 year old daughter loves to remake her bed during quiet time. It keeps her happily occupied for several minutes before she begins to play with her stuffed animals and dolls.
4. Audio Books.
It’s the perfect time to give your child audio books or music cd’s to listen to. It’s the perfect opportunity to expand your child’s exposure to classic children’s books or various styles of music.
My children often write poetry or short stories during quiet time. Others also keep a journal to write in during quiet time. Some children started writing during quiet time and never truly stopped.
The books have grown from 10-20 pages in length to full length novels.
Puzzles can give hours of fun particularly in combination with audio books or music. I remember hours of fun solving puzzles and have watched my children spend hours solving puzzles themselves!
Many children enjoy drawing or coloring as their quiet time activities. A blank book or paper, pencils, and a box of crayons or assorted colored pencils can lead to hours of inspired artwork.
My older children tend to finish their schoolwork during quiet time. The house is quiet leaving a prime opportunity to study without younger siblings disturbing their peace.
9. Time with the Family Pet.
Pet the family dog or cat during quiet time. There’s much to be said for simply relaxing and enjoying time with your pet during quiet time.
My preschoolers don’t usually nap, but sometimes they curl up under their blankets and fall asleep in the peace of the quiet house. There’s nothing like a midday nap to revive a child for the afternoon activities.
What are some quiet time activities that work in your house?