Did you hear what was released this year? A brand new Quiet Time Club! That’s right, my quiet time activity-loving friends, it is time to gather together and make this beautiful part of the day easier than ever.
The new Quiet Time Club is blissful and simple, just the way quiet time is meant to be.
I would love to share a little bit about what you can expect, as well as one of the wonderful quiet time activities we have for you!
But first, a freebie! These quiet time playmats allow your little ones to become immersed in a world all their own. Print out your favorite one or tow, or print out all ten and create a huge doll house and city!
So, what can you expect in The Quiet Time Club?
- Seven months’ worth of quiet time activities!
- Only five supplies are needed each month (think popsicle sticks, beads, a deck of cards, etc.).
- Tips and tricks to make quiet time a success in your home.
I am just so excited about this new Club and about the chance to support you in establishing—and maintaining—this special part of the day.
As you likely know, quiet time benefits children in incredible ways. It allows them to become problem solvers and critical thinkers, and increases their self-esteem as they see just how capable they are when they are on their own.
Quiet time also gives children a chance to rest and recharge, consolidating all the learning that has taken place in their day. Did you know that a daily period of quiet rest has been shown to reduce tantrums and meltdowns?
PLUS, parents and caregivers need a chance to reset and recharge as well. While it hasn’t been “shown,” I would assume that a daily period of rest reduces meltdowns and tantrums in adults as well …not that I am speaking from experience…
Today, I will share an activity that is just like the ones you’ll find in the Quiet Time Club!
In order for children to transition successfully into quiet time, it is very helpful to have a quiet time activity that is new and engaging to help them settle into this quiet play.
Enter… Playing Card Roads!
For this quiet time activity, you will only need:
- a deck of playing cards
- tape (optional)
- little trucks, cars, or people
Set this quiet time invitation up by laying out a few cards to demonstrate how roads can be formed. Add a truck or car on the road and leave the deck of cards nearby.
We found that the cards do slip a little when the cars or trucks roll over them. If this bothers your little one, you can have them do this quiet time activity on a carpet or mat. Conversely, you could add a few pieces of tape as well.
For quiet time, since children are being independent, it is helpful to have some tape precut for your child. You could stick it to the edge of a bin or the side of a table.
Then let your little one give this activity a go!
Your child can add cards to the roadway, create bridges using cards, and create houses, towns, or villages. It is amazing to see what little ones will create once we get out of the way.
This activity is an ideal quiet time one as it helps children settle into independent play and get creative. They will be going to get some blocks, farm animals, or whatever they require to add to this play in no time at all.
Best of all, like all of our quiet time activities, it is open-ended, meaning no little one will come to you during sacred quiet time to announce they are… “Done!”