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Quiet Time Tubs

Looking for something to help keep your youngsters quietly occupied during afternoon rest time? Here’s a great post on how to create Quiet Time Tubs.

We used this concept for a few years and it worked well for us. Find more ideas for Quiet Time Tubs at:

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  1. Meredith says

    I like this idea a lot!!! However, I would never give a can of Play-Doh to my four year old during quiet time.

  2. says

    Love this! Although, instead of quiet time, this would be for play-alone time when I need to get work done. For quiet time my daughter looks at books (she can’t read yet).

  3. rachel says

    I was thinking the same thing about Play-Doh. What a mess that would create in the bedroom. I would love to hear any other ideas for the boxes. I have a 2 and 4 year old. The 4 year old is starting to not take naps so this would be great for her.

    • Amy says

      If you go to her website (as well as the other 3 mentioned) they have quite an extensive list of ideas for what to put in the boxes. :)

  4. says

    Those are really cool. I keep looking at ideas like this and filing them away for when my son (and future children!) get a little bigger :) Hope I can remember them all!

  5. Lianna says

    This is a great idea!!! I’ve been looking for something that will entertain my 2-yr old while I’m feeding the newborn. This would work perfectly…plus, it will develop his skills! Thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    We literally just YESTERDAY started quiet time for our 3 year old. (she actually fell asleep 20 minutes in.) I’m always looking for fun, unique ideas like this. Thanks so much :)

  7. says

    In LOVE with this idea. Similar to busy bags, but in a box. Quiet time has been unsuccessful at our house. At least it isn’t so quiet, since my 4 year old is constantly coming out of his room to show me or ask me for something. Half the time I can’t stand the battle so I just give up or don’t try. I think we need to re-event quiet time and this will help for sure! How long do most people have their kiddos in quiet time? I’ve seen up to 2 hours which seems like a long time to me?? I have attempted to aim for 45-1 hour with my 4 year old.

    • says

      2 hours is normal here; my little ones nap for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Naptime/quiet time is 1 to 3:30, but I’m usually late putting them all down; it takes a while! My older two read. The harder ones are my middle two (the 5 and 6-year-olds) who can’t read longer books yet. My son likes projects. I’ll be checking into these ideas for my 5-year-old daughter. My mom had me take a nap until I was 5, so we have the same rule at my house (and sometimes my oldest takes a nap, too!) People are surprised, but my hubsand always says, “If you could take a nap every day, wouldn’t you?” and every adult says, “YES!” :)

  8. Carrie Wilcox says

    I just want to say I really enjoyed this post. My 3 1/2 year (non-napping) has been driving us crazy. She loves to pester her napping baby brother. I only have one box and I’m trying to come up with quiet independent activities for her ( for approx. 30min. – 1 hr. at a time). Your post and links gave me some great ideas for her “busy box.” I plan on rotating activities in order to prevent bordom. Again…..Thank You!

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