Quiet Time Boxes – Summer Edition

It’s official – we are on summer break.

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We are a little behind on our summer bucket list but we will get there. For now we are just ready to enjoy some much needed time outside and stop the routines – even if it is just for a little while. But I also know that soon enough, I will be begging for some quiet time.

Here are some activities that hold a child’s interest, require concentration and will keep them busy for at least an hour.


Obviously this is not my idea. This has been floating around on the internet for years but I never had a chance to introduce it to my kids. There is no time like the present, right?

These quiet boxes are perfect for summer break. They will come in handy on days when kids get “bored” or tired of each other and need some time alone. They are also great for older kids who don’t nap and need some time to decompress and focus on themselves.

Let’s not forget that this is also as much for me as it is for them. This quiet time will allow me to recharge or catch up on work as well.


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As you can predict, due to the age difference, both of my kids have their own boxes. They include anything from painting, play doh, math worksheets, books, writing sheets, LEGOS, and more. I do plan on rotating and changing the boxes every now and then to avoid boredom. The best part is that you can personalize them to your liking and to your kids ages. You also don’t have to spend a lot of money. The Dollar store is your friend and so is your house. I used a lot of items we already had or that came back from school this week and just made them work.

Don’t be afraid to search the internet. You will be surprised how many option for free school related printables are available online. The possibilities are endless.

I made these simple quiet time boxes to obviously encourage quiet time play, but also to promote independent and creative play. Have fun with it.

But most of all get out and enjoy summer break!

Other ideas:

x, Dijana

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