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Does your child still take a nap? If so, that is awesome! I hope you are blessed with many more days like that. My oldest used to take great naps, but lately he started cutting them out. He just lays in bed and is very restless or goes to the bathroom 15 times. Nap time wasn’t working, so I decided to try something new with him — Quiet Time Boxes.
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. I’ve seen quiet time boxes on Pinterest and other blogs, but had never made one for my kids. It turns out, they are really simple to make. I got 5 clear storage boxes from Target and put 4-6 items that my child can play with independently inside each box. These are items that are special and are only played with during quiet box time. I have one for every day of the week. After a while, I will switch out the items. For now, he is loving this time and does a great job doing the activities independently and not interrupting mommy. (This is great for me, since this is when I get my work done around the house and on the blog!) I put special items in each box, some are new and some are activities we already have. You do not have to go out and buy a ton of materials, you can use what you have! Or the Dollar Store always has items that are fun to put in these quiet time boxes.
Here is what I put in each box:
1. Foal to Horse book (I like to rotate different books for him to look at.)
2. Avengers Activity Coloring Book and washable markers (from Target)
3. Different Shaped Links to hook together or make patterns (from Dollar Tree)
4. Fun With Mazes Wipe-Off Book and dry erase marker
1. Making Shapes with Monkey Book
2. Noah and the Ark
3. Do-a-Dot marker and coloring sheets
4. Sticker Activity Pad (from Hobby Lobby)
1. Connect the Dots Workbook (from Hobby Lobby)
3. Planes Activity Coloring Book (from Target)
6. Small containers of play dough (he plays with it on the lid of the box)
1. Discovery Toys Lacing Set (could not find it online anywhere–sorry!)
3. Slime (from Target–he plays with this on the lid of the tub. And it is not sticky slime–just a fun sensory activity!)
1. Tangrams (from Dollar Tree)
2. Crayola Spiderman Color Wonder Book (also at Target)
3. Putty (from Dollar Tree)
5. Lined Dry Erase Board and marker (from Target)
6. Stomp! (a fun dinosaur book)
And here is my preschooler enjoying his quiet time box…
Another thing we do is have our kids listen to stories during rest time. He loves these stories and they are great, classic stories for children. I just put them on my iPad and let them play. There are 25 stories making it 237 minutes! I got mine on iTunes, but you can also get it here —> Kids Bedtime Stories
Also, if you want the labels I used for our quiet boxes, you can download them here —> Quiet Box Labels
If you need more quiet box ideas, check out this post with 75 more ideas (and a lot of them are free!)!
What do you do for rest time at your house?