Goodbye nap, hello “Quiet Time”

DSC_1056Jude started giving up his nap about a year ago when he was about 2.5 years old.  It was a sad day when he said goodbye to his nap.  These days Claire takes her nap after lunch and Jude and I have our dedicated “Quiet Time” in different rooms of the apartment.  I usually let Jude watch a few videos on the iPad while I’m getting Claire to sleep (PBS kids, ABC, YouTube videos on whatever he’s into that day), then we play together for a bit before going to our different areas.   Here are a few of our “Quiet Time” ideas and some others that we would like to incorporate:

  • Silly Putty- That boy will play for hours mashing, cutting, sculpting, and stamping that stuff.  It’s a definite MUST for him!
  • Coloring- Crayons and markers work now that he’s older.  I did buy those Color Wonder markers and a Color Wonder coloring book for Claire, which is a good option for kids that tend to color more than just outside the lines with regular crayons and markers.
  • Magnets- I picked up this magnetic play case for the kids at World Market.  Lots of different magnets and you can make your own story with the different scenery options.  I also like using a baking sheet when more magnetic play space is needed.
  • Toy cars, trucks and trains- Sometimes I hear Jude making up stories for the vehicles.  We promote anthropomorphism in this house :)
  • Audio books and quiet time music- Jude’s listened to the entire Mary Poppins book a few times now from YouTube.  There are several audio books for kids on YouTube, but you can also pick some up from the library.  From time to time I put on soft music while he plays, although recently he’s preferred just quiet.
  • Legos- Jude is getting very creative with Legos these days.  Recently he built his version of a drone and a chinook!
  • Books- Library books.  HELLO!
  • Puzzles- We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Jude was capable of doing puzzles earlier this year when his Lolo bought him a train puzzle for Valentines Day.


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A few ideas we’d like to try are:

  • Play-Doh- Jude’s getting to an age where I can trust leaving him alone with this stuff.  He does well with the Silly Putty, so I may introduce Play-Doh to his repertoire so he has more options.
  • Action figures- Jude likes to pretend with his stuffed animals and Lego people, so I may step it up a notch and buy him some age appropriate action figures.
  • Lacing cards- Just a way to practice fine motor skills.  I’m not sure if he’ll like it, but apparently it’s a thing for kids his age???


Well, those are just a few of our suggestions for quiet time.  If naps aren’t an option, quiet time is the next best thing!  Yay for midday rest!

  5 comments for “Goodbye nap, hello “Quiet Time”

  1. Nah Nah
    August 17, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    That’s my silly putty boy!

    • andreassen.tracy
      August 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      He loves that stuff!

  2. Mrs. Gizzles
    August 18, 2015 at 1:36 pm
    These are made by my friend. It’s sticks with Velcro on each end, and cards with different shapes to make.

    • andreassen.tracy
      August 19, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Oooooh! Nice! I’ll have to try them out with Jude. Gracias!

  3. September 3, 2015 at 2:45 am

    But hey, I still see this as a time to reset. And the biggest reward is that my little night owl can t stay up past 9pm when she hasn t napped, so I finally get a quiet evening and time with my hubby.

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