Guess what is coming your way in January 2022? A brand new Quiet Time Club! That’s right, my quiet time activities loving friends, it is time to gather together and make this beautiful part of the day easier than ever.
But, you can’t get in The Quiet Time Club juuuust yet. We are still getting it all organized and making it incredible, blissful, and simple, just the way quiet time is meant to be. However, I wanted to share with you a little bit about what you can expect as well as one of the wonderful quiet time activities we have for you!
So, what can you expect in The Quiet Time Club?
- One quiet time activity idea every day!
- Only 5 supplies needed each month (think popsicle sticks, beads, a deck of cards, etc)
- Tips, tricks, and a support group to make SURE quiet time works!
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, 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 …
Anyways, more about The Quiet Time Club to come. Today is all about Playing Card Roads!
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! This is one of the quiet time activities found within the January Quiet Time Club, but I wanted to share it with you today as well.
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 him or her do this quiet time activity on a carpet or mat. Conversely, you could add a few piece of tape as well.
For quiet time, since children are being independent, it is helpful to have some tape precut for you child and stuck 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, 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, 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 is going to come to you during sacred quiet time to announce they are, “Done!”
I can’t wait to tell you more about the Quiet Time Club in the days and weeks ahead. It is going to be the PERFECT way to launch into 2022!
In the meantime, be sure to grab a copy of my Quiet Time eBook, A Year of Educational Quiet Bins! And just for you, it is 50% off today! Grab it for only $4!
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