Routines help our days go smoothly. Our daily quiet time is one of those routines. We all love it–time to pursue individual interests, enjoy some peace, and just rest.
As the kids get older, our quiet time activities are slowly changing.
The younger kids still nap, but the middles and big are doing their own things. They’re becoming more responsible, and are able to enjoy a bigger variety of activities.
Here are 10 of our favorite quiet time activities. I hope it gives you some inspiration of ways to keep your kids engaged during quiet time!
10. Practicing Piano
Jayme took piano lessons for a few years. While she no longer participates in lessons, she still enjoys playing. Each day she spends about thirty minutes learning new songs, playing her favorites, and just enjoying the music.
I’m going to participate in a beta test of a program to teach your child piano with Ellie, so I imagine she’ll start spending time practicing as well!
9. Making a Project
The kids all love crafting! They’ll drag out an empty box, construction paper, crayons, scissors, and glue and get to work.
Ellie’s made a pizza delivery car. Jeffrey made a Mario level to run his cutouts through. Sydney created a barn and cut out animals to play with.
It’s amazing what a few supplies, a little time, and their imagination can create.
The kids always want to do art during quiet time, but I limit them each to one day a week to keep the mess down! They’re responsible for cleaning their mess.
8. Playing Wii
Each child gets 1/2 an hour on the game pad on their day each week. They love it! They can play any game, though they’ve been loving the Mario Maker game lately.
Jeffrey has been working hard on creating levels that don’t require Mario to move at all. Auto levels we call them. Such a great way to get him thinking while he thinks it’s all about play!
7. Reading or Listening to Books on Tape
Yes, I said tape. As in cassettes. When a local teacher retired, we inherited hundreds of children’s books on tape. We have one cassette player that still works.
Jeff and Ellie enjoy this activity the most. Sydney’s still doesn’t have the hang of operating the player so it’s not a good independent activity for her. Yet.
Usually the kids will listen to books in the playroom with a handful of paper and crayons to color while listening.
6. Playing a Game
We’ve created solo rules for most of the games we own. That way a kid can pull out a board or card game and stay engaged during quiet time.
It’s one of my favorite quiet time activities!
These games work well (aff. links):
Pictopia: Disney Edition
Mouse Trap (setting up the trap solo)
5. Coding/Computer Art
This is Jayme’s favorite activity. She loves having an extended period of time to write her codes, work on her drawings, and more on her computer.
Occasionally I’ll let Jeff or Ellie play on PBS kids on my computer. I’m sure they’ll enjoy more computer time as they get older.
4. Train Tracks
The kids all love getting out the train tracks and setting something up. We’ve lost the train that actually goes with our set, but they have fun driving a variety of cars or other toy trains over it.
This is Simon’s absolute favorite! Though he normally naps, if he slept late in the morning I’ll let him play for quiet time. The tracks keep him engaged for at least an hour!
3. Creating Worlds
We have so many sets of toys. My Little Ponies. Rescue Bots. Paw Patrol. The kids love bringing them all out, and creating a giant world where all of their favorites work together.
It’s a great way to get the toys a bit more loving while the kids use their imagination to their heart’s content!
Jayme knows how to crochet, and she enjoys getting out the yarn and her hook. She typically just makes scarves for the toys, or a tiny blanket for one of her sister’s dolls.
I’ll let her start a DVD in her laptop and she sits at the table watching that while she works. It’s a great way for her to practice this skill while she doesn’t have to worry about Owen or Brynna coming over and tangling up her yarn.
Ellie is super interested in sewing and crocheting as well, so I imagine that’ll be one of her favorites when she gets a bit bigger.
1. Bring Out the Homeschooling Manipulatives
The kids love bringing out the learning supplies Instead of having to “do school” with them, they get to have free play. It’s so much fun to watch them learn on their own!
What are your family’s favorite quiet time activities? I’d love to have you share in the comments!