As the days of quarantine have come and somewhat gone, I have decided to add five more quiet activities for kids to my list of activities that won’t wake your officer! These are activities that both boys enjoy and have proven to keep them occupied for more than just a few minutes.
Now, just because both boys enjoy these activities it doesn’t mean they both stay occupied. And, they rarely do the same activity at the same time or that just causes some fights and defeats the entire point of ‘quiet’ activities. So, I’ll specify as I go as to what works for which child.
- I apologize for the overabundance of dinosaurs (but, do I really?). Both boys are currently obsessed with them, so everything in our wheelhouse is dino related. Most of these items can be searched as well if you prefer something other than dinos!
Never in my life did I think that I would have a child who enjoys puzzles as much as D does. Two years ago, our neighbor bought him a 100 piece dinosaur puzzle. At the time, he wasn’t a big fan. However, over the last six months, his love of puzzles has grown. Whenever he’s quiet and I don’t know where he’s at, I just come to the computer room and, sure enough, he’s got 4 puzzles going at once! For us, this is at the top of our quiet activities for kids list, but it’s just what works for us right now!
We have puzzles anywhere from 4 to 100 pieces and he loves them all just the same! He, honest to God, spent three hours doing puzzles by himself between breakfast and lunch last week. I was beside myself! 4’s current favorite puzzles are:
- Melissa and Doug Dinosaurs
- Learning Resources T-Rex
- Melissa and Doug Under the Sea
- Learning Journey Glow in the Dark Dino
And, 1’s current favorite puzzles are:
- Melissa and Doug Magnetic Fishing
- Melissa and Doug Old McDonald’s Sound Puzzle
- Learning Journey My First Match It-Dinos
I’ve mentioned my love for Busy Toddler and all of her great activities before. This is one of them. At first, it wasn’t a big hit with D. But, J loves it! Sometimes we play with it in a controlled environment and other times we take it outside and let him go wild. To be honest, I love playing with it as well because the texture is so different!
Both boys love these, so my advice would be to have more than one set. Naturally, they always want the same exact shapes and it always ends up in a fight and a discussion about sharing. So, when D is doing puzzles, I usually pull these bad boys out for J. They are great for so many ages and the options are endless. They’re on our Christmas list so that we can add to our current set.
4. Toy wash:
Need some toys cleaned? 2 buckets: 1 with clean water, 1 with soapy water. Give the kids some paintbrushes, towels, and whatever else you want, and let them have at it! Our favorite dinosaurs were being cleaned just about daily for over a month. Both kids love cleaning their dinos and we actually didn’t have any arguing over this particular activity. Sometimes, we just move the whole thing into the bathtub and let them go wild with the toys in there. It really is so versatile. (Bonus: Busy Toddler shared that she does this activity with fruits and vegetables too!) This is another at the top of our quiet activities for kids list.
If you’re like me, you’ve got a million boxes laying around the house (thank you Amazon and Pampers). Cut them open, tape them together, and tape that sucker to a flight of stairs and you have yourself a ramp! The kids can slide whatever they want down it: trucks, cars, dolls, figurines, and themselves at least once. And every time we get a new box, we make our ramp longer. It’s like a new invention to them every time a new box is added.
My mother-in-law is in love with the Melissa and Doug puffy sticker sets and buys them for the boys whenever she can find them. Even though J doesn’t really understand the purpose of stickers, he does love sticking and resticking them to himself and the book. And, now that D is older, he really enjoys making different scenes with the stickers. They have so many different sets! I think the only one we don’t currently own is the Dinosaur set because I just realized they have a dinosaur set! Adding it to the birthday list.
Aside from the puffy sticker sets, Melissa and Doug also has a reusable set that we enjoy (but not as much as the puffy stickers). You can find them here if you’re looking for something a little different from the small, puffy stickers!
Don’t forget to check out the first 10 quiet activities for kids I shared if you need more inspiration. And, let me know what some of your favorite activities are so I can try them out or add reviews!