Quiet Time Boxes – What’s In Them?

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Quiet Time Boxes
Quiet Time Boxes

I posted a picture on Instagram yesterday of the Quiet Time Boxes in progress and a few people mentioned they wanted to see what was in them so I thought I would share.

If you aren’t familiar with the idea, Quiet Time Boxes are something I saw on Pinterest years ago and thought it was a great idea. Basically they are shoe boxes full of items your little one can work on when they are bored, when you all need some quiet time, etc.  I did some for L a few years back and he loved them!  He called them his “Be Quiet Boxes”.  I swear he made that all up on his own.  LOL.

For this years boxes, I filled them with projects and toys and books and crafts that the boys  either have never seen or just haven’t seen in a long time.  I will try to switch out the items every week or so that there is always something fresh in the boxes.  I didn’t label them with the days of the week, but I plan to let each of them pick one every day of the week to play with.  Here is what I put in them:

L’s Quiet Time Boxes

L's Quiet Time Boxes
L’s Quiet Time Boxes

L is 6 so his Quiet Time Boxes contain a mixture of fun activities and school activities (reading, science, writing, etc.):

Box #1
~Artzooka Craft Kit (does anyone else watch Artzooka?  We love that show)
~Lego Movie Handbook
~Lego City Book
~UNO Card Game (L is obsessed)
~Silly String
Box #2
~Lego Creator Car Kit
~Pull Back Racer Car
~Glow in the Dark Power Ball Craft Kit
~Spiderman Puzzle
Box #3
~Eric Caryle Writing Pad
~Eric Caryle Doodle Pad
~Eric Caryle Pencil Kit
~Lego Workbook
~Parachute Fliers
Box #4
~Superhero Puzzle
~Kindergarten Reading / Writing Book
~Lego Movie Packet
~Shoe Tying Practice
~Super Bang Caps (not exactly quiet, but whatever)
Box #5
~Hello Book Story Book
~Erupt Volcano
~Paint Your Own Superhero Craft
~Marvel Character
~Brain in a Box Challenge

WB’s Quiet Time Boxes

WB's Quiet Time Boxes
WB’s Quiet Time Boxes

WB’s Quiet Time Boxes contain the following:

Box #1
~Doodle Pad & Crayons
Box #2
~Dr. Seuss Flashcard Sets (Numbers, Shapes, Letters)
~Board Book
Box #3
~Sponge Bob Play Pack
~Board Book
~Lace & Trace Kit
Box #4
~Neon Putty
~Imagine Ink Planes Activity Book
Box #5
~Wooden Trucks
~Wooden Blocks

As you can see, some of the activities can be done independently and some are things we can do together!  I am going to see how this round of boxes goes next week and determine if they need more / different items for the following week!

Do you do Quiet Time Boxes?  If so, what do you put in them?  I’d love to hear your ideas so I can “borrow” them for the rest of the summer!

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This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Jenny

    This is such a great idea. I’m going to have to dig around here and see if I can come up with something for the month that N is out of school. I’m wondering if I can maybe just do a big box a week with different things in it that they can pick from when they need a new activity. I have some stash and then we have things that we have never opened yet so I could put those in there to start. It will give us all something to do when the time gets and we are bored of each other. LOL Hmm of to think more about this one.

    1. Jenny

      I’ve been thinking about it day and I think I’m going to make one and call it the Bored box. It was either this or make a jar with chores in it that they can pull whenever they tell me they are bored 😉 Not sure they will like that one as much. LOL

      1. Jennifer

        Ha! I love it!!!!! Maybe when the boys get older I will do that! It’s be a mixture of fun stuff and chores. You’d never know until you pulled one out!

    2. Jennifer

      L is dying to get his hands on the bins and dig through them!!!

  2. Sher

    What a marvellous idea! I may borrow it/adapt it for my 12 year old. Thanks!

    1. Jennifer

      I can’t wait to hear what you put in them!

  3. kimc

    those Look great. does WB know the flash cards, just look at them? my girls would end up throwing them every where, they work together to cause as much trouble/messes as possible. LOL (2.5yr and 18m)

    1. Jennifer

      Oh no, he has no idea. I show him / say them and hope he gets something out of it!

  4. PA Anna

    I think this is a wonderful idea. My kindergartener is finished too. I’ll have to think about it and post back later what I put in the boxes.

    1. Jennifer

      Yes please do! My 6 year old couldn’t wait till Monday and is happily working on a box right now!

  5. Danielle Schillman

    I’m in the process of putting together a few for my toddler, love finding good ideas on pintrest!

  6. Bethany

    Thank you so much for sharing these!! I am trying to be better about organizing my daughter’s toys/entertainment by type. WB’s boxes, while still a little advanced for her now, give me some good inspiration!

    1. Jennifer

      I try to keep “like” things together too. All the music stuff in one spot, the cars in one spot, etc.

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