5 Quiet-Time Activities For Toddlers

It would be an understatement to say that toddlers have high-energy levels. No one understands this better than parents whose child has stopped taking an afternoon nap. However, no longer adhering to a nap schedule doesn’t mean that you (as a parent) have to completely lose your beloved nap time quiet. Before you replace this once-quiet time with a noisy activity, try a quiet-time activity.

In today’s article, we are going to look at a few ideas for quiet-time activities, and hopefully, help improve your schedule so that it includes both high-energy fun and quiet-time learning. Below are some activities that you can try at home to promote quiet, but engaged, activity.


Putting together a puzzle can be a fantastic quiet-time activity. Not only does this challenge keep your toddler quiet and entertained, but more importantly, it also engages fine motor skills and problem-solving abilities. It also helps to strengthen spatial orientation and perception. The key to making this activity a success is choosing a puzzle that is age-appropriate. In other words, find a puzzle that offers just the right amount of challenge. If you give your child a puzzle that is too challenging, he or she will likely lose interest.


Coloring activities are tried and true. Whether you offer your toddler a blank piece of paper and a box of crayons, a chalkboard and chalk, or a coloring book and paint, coloring is an ideal independent activity. What makes this activity so valuable is that it helps with fine motor skills, and it helps develop creativity and creative skills. Preschoolers are capable of producing some impressive works. However, from time to time (like all of us), they may need a little inspiration. To prompt your toddler, give them a scene, story, or idea to inspire them to explore their creativity.


Magnets are fascinating. This is a fascination that seems to transcend age. If you are looking for some new, quiet activities to enrich your child’s life, consider using the ever-so-versatile magnets. There are so many options out there from animal magnets that allow your child to tell a story to block magnets that allow you to build shapes and structures. Using magnet letters and numbers also provides a great opportunity to improve the fun and education of childcare.

Make A Collage

While this may not be an activity that all toddlers are capable of doing, collage making can be a fun and creative activity. Gather plenty of images (already cut out), glue sticks, and construction paper, and allow your toddler to let his or her imagination run wild.

Play Dough

Play dough and other types of malleable dough can be a great quiet-time activity — and a much quieter alternative to building blocks. Whether store-bought or homemade, this staple activity encourages kids to use their fine motor skills, creatively explore their imagination, and experience the intrigue of science. This is especially true if you take the time to make a batch of play dough with your child. Mixing the dough gives them the opportunity to predict and watch what happens when the ingredients are mixed. This makes a great sensory experience.

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