Quiet Time Boxes for Kids

  • Difficulty Rating: Beginner


quiet time boxes

Since my three year old stopped napping, I am always looking for activities that she can do by herself during the afternoon while she needs some rest.

I made these quiet time boxes for her; each box is filled with fun activities that she can do by herself. I labeled each box with a stamped image and she gets to choose which quiet time box she wants to play with each afternoon.


extra supplies


Instead of throwing away scrap paper, I punch shapes from them using Squeeze or Lever Punches and place these shapes in a bowl on my table. When the bowl is full, I transfer all the shapes to one of the quiet time boxes.


punches and papers


I pulled stuff from my scrapbooking stash - like patterned paper scraps, leftover alphabet stickers and some glue sticks to include in these boxes.


box with stickers, punched shapes, crayons and a book


Another fun idea is to give your kids a small 4” by 6” empty album and some inexpensive 4” by 6” inch index cards. Kids can stamp images, add stickers or paint on these cards and when finished they can slip these cards into the album. This way they get to create a fun album of their own!


stamp and ink pad with an album


I also keep a pile of patterned papers that are too small for my paper crafting and add them to the quiet time boxes. I add decorative edge scissors and small squeeze punches to use on the papers. Some felt bits are always fun to play with!

When I buy a sheet of stickers, I usually cut it into three of four pieces and include just one fourth of a sticker sheet in each quiet time box.


book and decorative scissors


Supply List

Scrap patterned papers






Ink pad

Glue stick