Wednesday 10 April 2019

30 Minute Quiet Time Activities To Do With Your Child

So, you're kids are over excited about something, hyper after school, wired on sugar after a friends party, or maybe they simply want your attention, but they are loud and need to settle down.

Maybe you've had a long, tiring day and you'd like to have a few minutes of quiet time too, or maybe you just want to sit alongside your child, cuddle them and do something together.

Well, here's a few things you and your child can do together for a quiet 30 minutes.

Jigsaw puzzles are something I used to do a lot of as a child and our son also took a shine to them from a very young age. 

Little boy and his Dad doing a puzzle together on the floor

Starting off with the wooden style puzzles, JJ soon moved onto those featuring his favourite cartoon characters or animals. He will now sit and do a puzzles of a 100 pieces, which is quite an achievement for a 4 year old. Putting the pieces together correctly really focuses his little mind and I often sit with him to join in, well, when he lets me!

I've mentioned in my previously Lego posts that these little bricks aren't for everyone! Unless you keep it neat and tidy, Lego can be a bit of a pain and it can end up scatted around.

Lego laid out on a play mat

There are huge benefits to Lego though! Children can sit for hours playing and creating all kinds of different things, and they love it even more when us grown-ups get involved too! 

When anyone asks what to get JJ as a little gift I will often say colouring books. He is very lucky to have lots of toys, many of them hand me downs, so when his birthday roles around or someone wants to get him a little treat I will often say colouring things.

Child drawing with felt tips pens

As a result we have various different types of pencils, pens, crayons and colouring books, and he loves to sit and get creative with his crayons, especially when I join in.

Movie Time
I realise 30 minutes isn't very long to watch a movie but if you're little ones struggle to sit still or are quite young, 30 minutes might be long enough for them!

Child snuggled under a blanket at the side of their mother

Snuggle down with a blanket, some snacks and your child's favourite cuddly toy and watch 30 minutes of their favourite movie or a shorter feature, like the Room on the Broom or Stick Man. 

30 minutes isn't a huge amount of time to be quiet but it might just be what you and your little one need.

Mummy Snowy Owl

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