I came up with 10 Quiet Time Kits, two for each day of the week, one for each child. I wanted the kits to be stimulating and educational, and contain creative kinds of activities to help stretch their attention spans and hopefully help them learn to play quietly and independently for progressively longer periods of time.
These are just ideas for products – find what you have around the house and make up your own kits. Quiet Time Kits have been so successful for us because they contain toys that are specific only to Quiet Time – pick some things out of your toy box and set them aside only to be used during a Quiet Time and those toys will be so much more appealing.
We use the two sets in combination for building and connecting. They play on their own for a little while and then I give them little prompts and do little learning activities
- build using only red and yellow pieces
- stack in a pattern (red, blue, green, orange, red, blue, green, orange, etc.)
- I choose a peg, you choose a peg of the same color
- I choose a peg, you choose a peg of a different color
- choose a peg and tell me what else in the room is the same color
- count pegs as you build
- simple math problems (2 pegs + 1 peg = how many? OR 2 pegs – 1 peg = how many?)
- I call out a color pattern, you remember and build that pattern
These stacker sets are awesome for independent play AND guided learning play. There are so many different skills you can focus on, and if all else fails, building the tallest tower and knocking it down is always fun!
SKILLS: color recognition, counting, sorting, patterns, memory, simple math
3. Marble sorting
Include marbles of different colors, number/color labels, ice cube tray and teaspoon. Put a little number or color sticker on each cube and the child can pick up each marble with the teaspoon and put it in a compartment. Or stack them on top of the Monkey/Peg Stackers!
SKILLS: dexterity, counting, classifying
Stay tuned for the rest of the kits!