You need some calm, quiet time to get a few things done around the house. You have a younger child who is taking a nap. You are trying to get dinner on the table. Or you are a teacher who needs to calm an extra-energetic classroom. (Don’t I know those days!) You need something to hand them that will give you those more peaceful moments. You need one of these 15 quiet time activities for preschoolers.
Turn on some soft classical music.
Take some deep breaths.
You’ll be happy to have these materials when you need them!
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15 Quiet Time Activities for Preschoolers
- Have some lavender play dough on hand for an easy, calming activity.
- Build with Duplo bricks and straws on playdough.
- Threading straw pieces is very calming and keeps the fingers busy.
- Purchase containers from the Dollar Store to make your own quiet time busy boxes. Easy to store and you can change the items anytime. (The Domestic Four)
- Make and label busy boxes for each day of the week, so they are ready to go. The boxes being all the same size makes storage much easier. (1 Plus 1)
- Use felt and a glue gun to make an 11-page quiet time book. These are perfect for home or when out and about. (Powerful Mothering)
- When you need quiet time while traveling, you can put together a portable quiet time book. (Mama Papa Bubba)
- Young children love the soft feeling of felt. Use felt pieces to make faces. (Toddler Approved)
- Cut sponges into shapes for some quiet block play. (Inner Child Fun)
- Cut paper tubes for some fun and quiet threading. (The Imagination Tree)
- Provide a bin with lavender-scented rice for some calm sensory play. (The Imagination Tree)
- Reuse a clean plastic spice container with some pipe cleaners for a quiet fine motor activity. (Dollar Store Deals)
- Save an empty bottle and collect ribbon scraps. Invite your child to quietly work on strengthening fine motor skills by pushing the ribbon in the bottle. (Hands On As We Grow)
- Fill an empty container with pieces of pipe cleaner. Make your own easy magnet wand and enjoy some quiet science time. (From Playdough to Plato)
- Place buttons on lines and curves. (Learning 4 Kids)
Learn: Hands-On Learning Plans for Your Preschooler
These are 35 hands on learning activities that you will actually do with your preschooler that make it fun to learn. You’ll be guided on how to find that extra 15 minutes (that you don’t have) to make time for the most important part of your life: your family.