Toddlers are busy little beings, ones that like noise and mess. The reason that toddlers tend to be the cause of commotion and clutter is because they learn by exploring. While allowing them the opportunity to learn this way is important, there are “Quiet Time” activities for toddlers. Here are a few.
Button Trees are Sure to Keep Little Ones Occupied
Form trees from pipe cleaners and gather as many buttons as you can. Place everything in a bin and show your toddler how to slide the buttons onto the branches of the pipe cleaner trees. Once they start sliding them on, they’re sure to be entertained as they build their hand and eye coordination.
Painting with Water
Keep your toddler busy by encouraging him or her to paint toys with water. Make sure that your child is painting plastic toys. For this “Quiet Time” activity, all you need is a cup or a jar of water and a paint brush.
A Movable Road
You’ll need to tap into your inner crafting god or goddess to create this “Quiet Time” activity for your toddler. But, when you have a busy little one, you’ll be glad you did. Purchase black, blue and green felt. Then, cut strips out of the black felt for the roads, green squares for the grass and blue blobs for the lakes. Your toddler is sure to stay busy moving the pieces around, creating his or her own landscapes.
This “Quiet Time” activity requires a paper towel roll and yard sale pricing stickers. Write the alphabet around the paper towel roll, and then, add letters to each sticker. Show your little one how to match the letters. This game will not only keep him or her busy, but it will also teach your kiddo the alphabet. If stickers don’t do the trick, then try a book or two from Zoobooks. The site features books for kids of all ages.
“Quiet Time Weaving”
For this busy activity, you’ll need a dish rack mat with wide gaps and ribbon. Show your toddler how to weave the ribbon in and out of the mat holes. This activity will keep your little one busy while strengthening his or her fingers.
Threading string through cardboard tubes is another way to keep toddlers quietly occupied. Consider painting the cardboard tubes to capture the interest of children this age. Then, gather a collection of ribbons for him or her to thread through the tubes.
A dry erase board is sure to keep your child busy for at least 20 minutes or so as he or she draws pictures that can be wiped away in an instant.
Age Appropriate Puzzles
Puzzles are always entertaining, and as long as you purchase two or three that are age appropriate, you’ll have the perfect “Quiet Time” activity. Along with practicing his or her fine motor skills, puzzles allow your child to experience the success of putting something together. For more teaching ideas, visit Simple K12.
Suggestions one through seven are from How Wee Learn.
Suggestions eight and nine are from Hands On As We Grow.