Jude 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 Mouse.com, 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.
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!