As Immy has been transitioning from nap time to quiet time I have been mentally collecting ideas for activities that she can play with quietly and independently. How long a child will play independently with any of the ideas listed below will be influenced by their age, development, interest in the activity and how used to the idea they are of having ‘quiet time’ or playing independently.
Quiet Play Activities for 2+
1. Teddy Bears Picnic – pop down a picnic rug, toy tea set and your child’s favourite soft toy friends
3. Puzzles – those which provide an appropriate level of challenge are great for any age.
4. Stickers and a sticker book, or sticker drawing.
5. Collage – with lightweight collage materials, a piece of thin card and a glue stick for minimal mess, or try this sticky backed paper collage. And this foil and tissue paper collage is good fun too!
6. Play with playdough – vary your usual ‘tools’ to extend extend interest in the activity. Try sticks and other natural materials, or cupcake wrappers and candles, rubber stamps and rolling pins, items with interesting texture, or add your child’s favourite figurines. You’ll find my favourite homemade playdough recipe here.
7. Set up a simple rice play tub.
Quiet Play Activities for 3+
8. Felt or flannel board stories – one of my girls’ favourite activities!
11. Try modelling with air dry clay (look for the less messy porcelain white option) or plasticine/modelling clay. Here are some ideas for modelling.
12. Watercolour painting – once a child has practiced the process of using watercolours it can become a very independent, low mess creative option for quiet play.
13. Block construction with their favourite construction set. Here are some great ideas for extending block play.
14. Figurines – add your child’s favourite figurines to a simple play scene.
15. Try one of these fun ideas for playing with toy cars.
What are your favourite quiet play time activities?