If there is one thing every grownup who has a preschooler, works with a preschooler, or even knows a preschooler needs – it’s daily preschool activities. Those little minds are so inquisitive! That personality so curious! We definitely want to engage and inspire preschoolers and really lean into all that learning that is happening.
If there is a second thing that grownups with preschoolers need, and there definitely is, it is a daily quiet time. Phew!
Well, my friend, let me invite you to the coolest club in town – The Quiet Time Club!
Each month I send you your daily preschool activities with the most amazing twist ever. Each daily preschool activity is done entirely independently by your little one!
The Quiet Time Club teaches you how to begin a daily quiet time at home, in your daycare, or even in your classroom. A daily quiet time is essential for little ones to consolidate learning, calm and regulate bodies, and build mindful, self-confident children.
Best of all, each month we select only 5 crafting materials and base the entire month of preschool activities around those 5 supplies.
Today I wanted to show one of these preschool activities so you could get a feel for what the activities look like. It also gives me the opportunity to do a deep dive and share with you everything your little one will be learning within The Quiet Time Club!
Just before I share one of these activities, be sure to grab my Free Quiet Time Play Mats! These sweet play mats are fabulous for inspiring creative and imaginative play:
This activity is from a month in The Club where the supplies included:
- Popsicle Sticks
- Paper Cups
Nice and simple, right? So, when you are a Quiet Time Club member, you receive an email on the 25th of each month telling you the supplies to grab in case you don’t have them on hand. The email also shares with you all of the daily activities for preschoolers for the following month!
One of the activities from this month was for little ones to build a farm!
You would gather up some small little people and animals from your toy area, pop them in a Quiet Time Bin with some popsicle sticks and get started.
When introducing a quiet time activity at first, it is a great idea to get your child started. You could set up the animals in a cute way, have a person as the farmer beside them, and place a few popsicle sticks down in squares or shapes to make pens or paddocks.
From here, you would invite your little one in (using all of the strategies, tips, 6 golden rules, and step-by-step quiet time guide found within The Quiet Time Club) and have them dive into a blissful period of independent play, as they learn, grown, and recharge.
Little animals will be put into paddocks, farmers will start feeding, the room will be brimming with imaginative play!
So, what learning takes place within this particular day’s activity? Let’s take a closer look.
Vocabulary is being built as children chat to the animals and farmers as they play.
Fine motor skills are developing as popsicle sticks are placed in various shapes for the paddocks and pens
Math skills are developing as children learn about balance and stability creating the pens and paddocks
Problem solving is abound as children learn from mistakes and create pens of different sizes and heights
Independence and self-confidence emerge as children learn they can handle small problems and setbacks on their own during this period of the day.
Social skills develop as children are immersed in their world of imagination. Inevitably one of the animals will need to learn about sharing or taking turns.
Sorting occurs as children decide all of the yellow animals need to be in one pen, or perhaps all the animals with wings need to be in a special spot.
And that is truly just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much going on behind the scenes here! Give this activity a try with your preschooler and let me know what they think. And if they love it, or if you need support getting quiet time up and running …
Thank you so much for reading,